ROCHESTER - It didn’t take long for the signing of Juan Francisco to start paying dividends.
Signed by the Toronto Blue Jays only four days ago, Francisco connected for a pair of home runs, including a two-run shot in the 13th inning of Buffalo’s 8-6 win over Rochester on Sunday.
The game was Francisco’s first in a Bisons uniform after being activated to the Herd’s roster prior to Saturday’s postponement. He also cleared the fence in his first at-bat at Frontier Field and drove in four runs in the game which took 4:12 to complete.
His game-winner came of Brooks Raley, Rochester’s seventh pitcher. Matt Tuiasosopo singled to lead off the top of the 13th, Francisco sent Raley’s 1-2 offering just inside the right field foul pole. He added a two-out RBI-single in the eighth inning as Buffalo rallied from a 4-1 deficit. He ended his debut 3-for-6 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
Bobby Korecky pitched four innings of shutout relief to get the win. He fanned three batters, all looking, to beat his former team in their home opener for the second consecutive year. Neil Wagner was credited with his second save and the 18th of his career as a Bison.
Each team put together a late-inning rally. The Bisons trailed, 4-1, before solo runs in the fourth and fifth inning, and getting a two-run go-ahead home run from Dan Johnson in the top of the sixth.
After Buffalo built a 6-4 advantage, Rochester rallied to tie the game with two runs in the eighth on three singles and a pair of walks.
Bisons starter Kyle Drabek allowed four runs in five innings, including a three-run homer.