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BISONS SPLIT WITH RED BARONS

For the first time this season, the Buffalo Bisons went to work with the outcome of their games having no impact on their playoff aspirations.

In the role of spoiler after being eliminated from the postseason, the Herd split a doubleheader with first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday.

The Red Barons are now one victory away from clinching the International League's Northern Division.

Buffalo took the first game, a completion of a suspended contest from July 9, 7-3, but dropped the nightcap, 3-1, at Lackawanna County Stadium in front 10,289 fans.

In a rare occurrence, Herd right-hander Travis Driskill was the pitcher of record in both games.

The Bisons held a 5-0 lead when play resumed in the bottom of the fifth inning in the opener. Buffalo had struck for four runs in the second, with the big damage coming on a two-run single by Jolbert Cabrera. Bill Selby added a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Driskill threw two innings of shutout relief in July to earn the win for the Bisons, with David Riske pitching 1 2/3 Friday to pick up his fifth save.

Cabrera finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Selby was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Driskill started the second game and threw well, save for two pitches.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the fourth, Bobby Estelella sent Driskill's first offering over the wall in left for his 14th home run.

In the fifth, Driskill surrendered another solo shot, this one to Scranton's John Finn and Buffalo could not close the gap the rest of the way.

Robert Dodd (4-0) picked up the win, limiting Buffalo to five hits in 5 1/3 innings with reliever Darryl Scott holding the Bisons hitless in the sixth and seventh to earn his ninth save.

The teams will play a doubleheader again today, beginning at 5 p.m. Right-hander Willie Martinez (2-1, 6.00) pitches for the Herd against righty Joel Bennett (10-4, 4.62) in the opener.

The second game will begin 20 minutes from the conclusion of the first. Starters have not been announced.

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