The Buffalo Bisons' losing skid has reached five games, and Wednesday's defeat was the longest -- and probably the most frustrating -- of the bunch.
Wiki Gonzalez's double in the bottom of the 12th inning drove home Casey Rogowski with the winning run, as the Charlotte Knights defeated Buffalo, 3-2.
Rogowski had recorded a one-out single off Mike Koplove (3-2), who was the third Buffalo pitcher.
The win cost the Bisons another game in the International League's North Division. The Herd fell a game and a half behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with the loss. Scranton beat Indianapolis, 3-2.
"When you're in these circumstances, you have to get crunch-time hits," Bisons manager Torey Lovullo said. "That's the key to every game this time of year, and that was the name of the game today. We have to be more consistent."
Charlotte's David Aardsma (3-1) was the winning pitcher.
The game set a Buffalo season high for innings.
"Any loss is tough, but I'm proud of the guys for battling for 12 innings," Lovullo said. "We had a good effort all the way around, but we ran up against a tough pitcher [Knights starter Gavin Floyd]. We got a couple of big two-out hits, but we couldn't get our staff the runs they needed."
Buffalo and Charlotte wind up the series tonight (7:15, Radio 1230 and 1330 AM). Adam Miller (4-2, 4.17) of the Bisons is scheduled to be the starter. The Herd will return home Friday night to host Syracuse.