LOUISVILLE — Ricky Romero’s pitching struggles continued but that didn’t stop the Buffalo Bisons from doing what they’ve pretty much done in the early part of the season – win away from home.
The Road Warriors, er, Bisons scored five times in the fifth inning to take the lead for good in earning a 10-7 triumph over the Bats on Saturday night at Louisville Slugger Field.
A crowd of 8,686 watched five Bisons hit homers as Buffalo won its second straight game to open an eight-game road trip that continues here today (2:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Moises Sierra’s two-run homer with one out in the fifth pulled the Herd within 6-5. Andy LaRoche belted a three-run shot later in the inning with two out to put the Bisons ahead for good.
Mauro Gomez (in the seventh inning) and Ryan Goins (in the eighth) added solo homers to complete the scoring for Buffalo, which improved to 13-3 on the road.
Luis Jimenez of the Herd staked Romero to an early 2-0 lead before he even took the mound by belting his eighth homer of the season, a two-run shot with two out.
The Bats pulled within 2-1 in the bottom of the first and then things unraveled for Romero, who yielded six earned runs on 10 hits and walked five with no strikeouts in 3∏ innings.
He gave up three of those runs on four hits, three walks and a balk in the third. He yielded three singles, two walks and two runs — both coming home on Neftali Soto’s one-out single — in the fourth. While the Bisons managed to record an out when Anthony Gose threw out Felix Perez at third on Soto’s hit, Romero’s night ended when he walked the next batter, ex-Bison Mike Hessman.
Romero was optioned to Buffalo on Thursday following his second straight poor start with the parent Blue Jays since being called up from Class A earlier this month. He had been working on his control in hopes of regaining his All-Star form from 2011, when he won 15 games.