ROCHESTER — The Buffalo Bisons did more than get back on the winning track on Sunday. Their 5-3 victory over Rochester also made Marty Brown the winningest Bisons manager in the modern era.
The victory before 4,342 at Frontier Field gave Brown 254 wins – eclipsing the old mark of 253 wins set by Brian Graham, who is in the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. In his three-plus seasons with the Bisons, Brown has a record of 254-199 for a .561 winning percentage.
The Bisons were coming off Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Red Wings, which snapped an eight-game winning streak on the road, one shy of the modern era record.
Brown first came to Buffalo in 2003 and posted a 73-70 record. In 2004, he was named International League Manager of the Year and Baseball America’s Minor League Manager of the Year for guiding the Bisons to a Governors’ Cup Championship. The 2004 Bisons finished 83-61 despite using 67 different players and being five outs away from the worst record in the league in May.
In 2005, Brown’s Bisons went 82-62 and captured a second consecutive IL North Division title.
Against Rochester, the Bisons pounded out 11 hits. Moises Sierra had three hits, including RBI singles in the first and third innings. Buffalo scored three more in the fifth for a 5-1 advantage on RBIs from Anthony Gose and Luis Jimenez and a Ryan Langerhans homer.
Edgar Gonzalez earned his first win as a Bison, allowing three runs in 5.1 innings. It was the 10th consecutive game Buffalo has allowed three earned runs or less.
The victory was Buffalo’s 16th, setting a team high for wins in April. They look to add to that tonight (7 p.m., TWCSC, Radio 1520 AM) when the four-game series continues. The Herd’s starter is to be determined.