(bisons.com)- Mauro Gomez was in MVP form on Monday night in Syracuse.
The top player in the International League a season ago had his Bisons' breakout performance in a 6-1 victory over the Chiefs from NBT Bank Stadium. Gomez hit a pair of home runs and added a single and a double as part of a perfect 4-4 night at the plate.
Gomez used the long ball to start and wrap up the Herd's scoring. The slugger launched his first Buffalo home run in the second inning off Syracuse starter Danny Rosenbaum to give his new squad a 1-0 lead. His second blast, a two-run shot to centerfield, came as part of a five-run Buffalo eighth inning that gave them the win.
The 2012 IL Most Valuable Player with Pawtucket, Gomez was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays and assigned to the Bisons a week ago. He has hit 34 doubles and 24 home runs in each of the past two seasons with Gwinnett (2011) and the PawSox (2012).
Before Gomez sealed the win, it was Eugenio Velez that snapped the 1-1 tie with his lead-off home run in the eighth inning. The red-hot Jim Negrych followed with a two-run double for a 4-1 edge before the Buffalo-native scored on the second of Gomez's home runs.
On the mound, Claudio Vargas gave the Bisons their best start of the season. The veteran allowed just one run on six hits in seven innings of work. He threw 60 of his 93 pitches for strikes.
Just activated off the disabled list, Bobby Korecky gave the rest of a tired bullpen the night off with a pair of shutout innings of relief.