SYRACUSE — Brett Lawrie hit a two-run home run in what was his Buffalo Bisons debut and starter Ricky Romero picked up his elusive first win as the Herd beat Syracuse, 6-2. The start of the game was delayed 1 hour and 27 minutes by rain.
Lawrie joined Buffalo earlier in the day after the Toronto Blue Jays announced the infielder would join the team on a Major League injury rehabilitation assignment. The Jays placed Lawrie on the disabled list on May 29 with a left ankle sprain.
Lawrie’s home run in the sixth opened up a 5-2 lead. In his first at bat, the second baseman had a line drive base hit and stole second.
Romero (1-3), making his 12th start, went seven innings giving up two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts.
Leadoff batter Kevin Pillar added three more hits, raising his average to .373. The win snapped Syracuse’s five game home winning streak.
The series continues tonight (7 p.m., radio 1520) with the Herd sending Justin Germano (5-7. 5.44) to the mound against Tanner Riarj (6-3,. 3.33).
• Buffalo Bisons designated hitter Mauro Gomez has been invited to participate in the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday in Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nev. He is one of three all-stars from the International League to get an invitation.
Gomez will be joined by first baseman Chris Colabello from the Rochester Red Wings and infielder Ernesto Mejia of the Gwinnett Braves.
Gomez has the third-most home runs in the minors with 24. He has already posted five multi-homer games this year and tied the Bisons modern era record with 13 jacks in June. Gomez also leads the Bisons with 156 total bases and is second in slugging at .540.
The Derby will be broadcast live on MiLB.tv (9:05 p.m.).
Robinson, 28, has spent the entire 2013 season with the New Hampshire of the Eastern League. In 76 games, he has hit .270 (78-289) with 14 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 43 RBIs.
Jimenez, who has not played since July 1, has hit .307 (85-277) with 16 home runs and a team-high 61 RBIs in 75 games.
Hernandez played five games with the Bisons after being signed by the Blue Jays on June 30. He had two hits in 19 at-bats (.105) and drove in two runs.