Jonathan Van Every hit his fifth and sixth home runs of the season, but it wasn't enough to carry the Buffalo Bisons past Durham.
The Bulls proved just as capable of reaching the fences as Michel Hernandez had the game-winner, a leadoff home run in the sixth inning of a 5-4 victory. The International League contest was played before 8,960 at Durham Athletic Park.
After winning the first two games of the four-game series, the Herd had to settle for a split.
Buffalo's eight-game road trip continues tonight at 7 with the first of four games against Charlotte (Radio 1230, 1330 AM). The scheduled starter for the Herd is Jeff Harris (5-5, 4.17).
Van Every's second home run was disputed by Bulls' outfielder Jason Pridie, who claimed the ball hit the padding of the outfield wall and should be a ground-rule double. He was overruled by the umpires.
Buffalo sent its 8-9-1 batters to the plate in the ninth inning hoping to rally against reliever Scott Dohmann. The Herd was retired in order, but not before Brad Snyder and Hector Luna sent fly balls to the warning track.
The Herd also left the trying run in scoring position in the eighth. In the Durham eighth, Snyder gunned down Jorge Velandia at the plate from left field to keep the Herd within a run.
Starter Jeremy Sowers (0-4) is still in search of his first Bisons win. He went six innings giving up five earned runs and eight hits while throwing 108 pitches.
He was 9-1 with a 1.39 ERA for the Herd in 2006.
Matt Miller came on in relief of Sowers and pitched two innings of scoreless relief. He has now gone 17 innings without giving up an earned run.