ROCHESTER, NY (Bisons.com) - Justin Huber's 10th-inning home run was the difference at Frontier Field on Sunday as the Red Wings came from four runs down to beat the Bisons, 5-4.
Huber's blast on the first pitch of the inning capped a late-inning rally as Rochester trailed 4-0 after just three innings of play before scoring three in the sixth inning and one in the eighth to tie it. Huber knocked in four of Rochester runs as he also homered in the sixth inning to give him 22 long balls on the season.
Buffalo scored three runs in the first and another run in the third inning to build the early lead. Run-scoring singles from Chip Ambres, Jason Dubois and Javier Castillo got the Bisons off on the fast track in the first.
However, the early lead could've been much greater for Buffalo. After leaving two men on base in the first, Rochester right fielder Dustin Martin pulled back a potential two-run home run from Jesus Feliciano in the second inning. The Bisons then had the bases loaded with no outs in the third, but could only manage one more run.
The Herd left 12 men on base in the loss.
Newcomer Chris Mason deserved a better fate in just his second start with Buffalo. He allowed three runs in 5.2 innings of work. Eddie Kunz (4-5) suffered the defeat throwing just one pitch in the game, Huber's walk-off home run.
The Bisons will now return to Coca-Cola Field for the final four home games of the 2009 season. It all starts Monday against the Red Wings with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.