By Mike Harrington
MOOSIC, Pa. -- Dave Bush pitched six shutout innings on short rest and Mauro Gomez belted a two-run homer as the Buffalo Bisons scored all of their runs in the first inning today to post a 4-1 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at PNC FIeld.
The Bisons have won the first two games of this series and three of four overall. They are 20-12 on the road, the best road record in the International League.
Bush, pushed into a start a day early because of the callup of Thad Weber to Toronto, improved to 7-4 and tied for the International League victory lead, by retiring 18 of the 20 batters he faced. He gave up a one-out single to Zolio Almonte in the first, retired 16 in a row, gave up Thomas Neal's two-out single in the sixth and concluded his outing by fanning Almonte.
Joel Carreno and Buddy Carlyle combined to finished a four-hitter as Scranton didn't get runner past first base unti the ninth inning. The RailRiders' lone run came in the ninth on Josh Bell's sacrifice fly off Carlyle.
The Bisons struck in short order in the top of the first and that was that. Ryan Goins doubled, Luis Jimenez doubled him home with a shot to the left-center gap, Gomez rifled his IL-high 16th homer into the bullpen in left, Jim Negrych doubled, took third on a groundout and scored when Ryan Langerhans got a fluke single as third baseman Josh Bell lost a routine popup in the sun.
Jimenez, Negrych, Gomez and No. 9 hitter Mike McCoy all had two hits for Buffalo, with Negrych improving his IL-leading batting average to .358. McCoy, who stole two bases, had reached base in seven straight appearances until grounding out in the eighth.