By The Associated Press
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Zach Sorensen hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Buffalo Bisons to a 5-3 victory over the Louisville Bats in the International League Friday.
Sorensen's first homer of the year bounced off the glove of Louisville right fielder Jose Cruz and went over the fence as the Bisons (17-7) improved to 7-1 at home.
Jason Phillips (5-0) earned the win with five innings of relief. Phillips allowed four hits and three runs. Jason Boyd pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his third save.
Louisville (15-11) built a 3-1 lead on a two-run double by Emil Brown in the fourth and an RBI grounder by Felipe Crespo in the fifth. Buffalo cut the lead to 3-2 in the seventh on an RBI double by Alex Escobar, who had a solo homer in the second.
Reliever Jose Acevedo (1-1) took the loss for the Bats, allowing three hits and four runs in two innings. The two teams play again Saturday and Sunday in Buffalo.
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