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Big innings cost Herd in loss

Buffalo's luck on the road this season took a detour as the Durham Bulls handed the Herd a 12-5 loss on Saturday night. The International League contest was played before 9,832 at Durham Athletic Park.

With 28 wins in 46 games, the Bisons still own the best road record in the International League (.622 winning percentage). The Herd was coming off back-to-back victories against the Bulls to start the second half of the season. But Buffalo was victimized by the big inning, giving up five runs in the first and three each in the fourth and eighth innings.

Buffalo's Brad Snyder, who reached base four times on Friday, homered in the fourth inning, his 10th. The Herd loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but was unable to score.

The teams combined for nine extra base hits. Elliot Johnson and Chris Richard each had three-run homers for the Bulls.

Buffalo jumped out to a short-lived 2-0 lead in the first inning on Ryan Mulhern's two-run double. But Durham answered in a big way in its half of the first, sending nine men to the plate while scoring five runs.

Adam Miller's return to full strength continues to drag. Buffalo's starting pitcher lacked command of his pitches and was chased after 2 2/3 innings and did not figure in the decision. Eric DuBose went the final 5 1/3 innings and was touched for seven earned runs on 10 hits.

Miller, making his third start since coming off the disabled list, was scheduled to pitch five innings or 75-80 pitches. Instead, he struggled to find his rhythm, giving up five earned runs and six hits.

The four-game series concludes today (5 p.m.; Radio 1230, 1330 AM). Herd left-hander Jeremy Sowers (0-3, 5.51) looks for his first win when he faces Jay Seo (3-1, 3.94). It will be the final game of the regular season between the teams.

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