INDIANAPOLIS – Tuesday night was another good one for the Indianapolis Indians (63-52).
The Tribe received some more solid pitching and rode another four-run fourth inning to victory, as Indy knocked off the Buffalo Bisons (50-66) by a final score of 5-3.
Clay Holmes started on the hill for the Indians, turning in five innings of two-run ball. The righty ran into a bit of trouble in the third, allowing Buffalo to plate two runs. One of those runs scored via a squeeze bunt, while the other crossed on a Rowdy Tellez RBI single.
Holmes still managed to come away with his eighth win, though, holding the Bisons to six hits and a walk during his time on the mound.
Just like on Monday, Indianapolis relied on a big fourth inning to pull away.
This time around, it was a two-out rally that got the Tribe going. With Danny Ortiz on third and two gone, Jacob Stallings started the rally with a single that cut Buffalo’s lead in half. After Kevin Newman singled and Max Moroff walked, the stage was set for Jordan Luplow. Indy’s right fielder delivered, ripping a two-run single to give the home team their first advantage. Edwin Espinal finished it off with a knock of his own, handing the Indians a lead of 4-2.
Luplow provided some more pop in the seventh, hitting a leadoff homer to right to make it a 5-2 ballgame. It was his sixth home run with the Tribe and 22nd of the season overall.
With Holmes working five frames, Indy called on Tyler Eppler for some long relief out of the bullpen. The right-hander nearly made it through all four innings, but fell just one out short. He surrendered four hits and issued two walks in 3 2/3 innings pitched, but Dan Runzler was called upon to get the final out of the ninth.
Buffalo scored a run, which was charged to Eppler, and brought the go-ahead run to the plate in that fateful ninth, but Runzler was able to close it out and earn a rare one-out save.
The Indians take aim at a series sweep in Wednesday’s finale versus the Bisons. Drew Hutchison (6-7, 3.78 ERA) will toe the rubber for Indianapolis in the 1:35 p.m. contest.
Infielder Max Moroff returned to the Tribe’s lineup for the first time since May 30 on Tuesday. The 24-year-old went 0-for-1 with three walks and a run scored.
The Columbus Clippers fell to the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field on Tuesday, meaning the Indians’ lead in the IL West division standings grows to 2 1/2 games.