Dunn Tire Park will look awfully good when the Buffalo Bisons return today from a 2-6 road trip.
The Herd surrendered five home runs in Thursday night's 15-6 loss to Charlotte before 5,582 at Knights Stadium, sending Buffalo home for tonight's game against the Syracuse Chiefs (7:35 p.m., Radio 1230, 1330 AM) on a six-game losing streak -- the longest for the Bisons since May 10-16, 2004.
Ryan Sweeney hit two home runs and drove in five runs as the Knights completed a four-game home sweep of the Bisons for the first time since 1999.
"We're playing some hard baseball," said Bisons manager Torey Lovullo. "Our effort is great but we just ran into a hot team. They are very active on offense and they put it together for four games."
It was a rough night for Bisons starter Adam Miller (4-3), who was bombed for eight earned runs and 11 hits on his 86 pitches. He left with the Herd down only 8-6, however, after Andy Marte's two-run triple highlighted a four-run fourth inning.
But Herd reliever Jeff Harris was no better than Miller, giving the four runs right back in the bottom of the fifth on two-run homers by Casey Rogowski and Danny Richar. Tomas Perez's two-run shot off Edward Mujica in the ninth was the final Charlotte homer.
Luis Rivas had two of the Bisons' seven hits and Keith Ginter hit a two-run homer off Heath Phillips that gave Buffalo a short-lived 2-0 edge in the first inning. The Knights claimed the lead for good in the bottom of the inning on Sweeney's three-run bomb to left field. Sweeney, who went 0 for 4 and hit into three double plays in Charlotte's 12-inning victory Wednesday, finished the series with four homers and 11 RBIs.
"You can say we had a tough time on both sides of the ball," said Ginter. "We're in a slump and we just need to keep grinding it out until we get out of it."