Jeff Harris came into Sunday evening's game here against the Chiefs with an ERA of 1.53 in his last five starts but just two wins to show for his efforts.
He delivered another quality start for the Buffalo Bisons Sunday but Mike MacDonald, his Syracuse counterpart, was slightly better during the Chiefs' 3-1 triumph before 6,214 fans at Alliance Bank Stadium.
The Bisons, who have lost the first two games of this four-game series between IL North foes, staked Harris (5-7) to a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a Keith Ginter RBI single.
But Syracuse took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth when Adam Lind smashed a 1-1 pitch over the right-field fence for a homer that also scored Kevin Barker, who had led with a walk.
Two of the three batters Harris walked ended up scoring as Russ Adams' one-out single to right scored Ryan Roberts, who started the inning with a walk.
Harris struck out five and yielded three earned runs in six innings. He lost his last start Tuesday when he gave up just one earned run in seven innings during the Herd's loss to Charlotte.
MacDonald (4-7) gave up just one run and five hits in five innings, recording four strikeouts. Relievers Justin James and Ryan Houston limited Buffalo to two hits and a walk the rest of the way. Houston worked 1 1/3 innings for his fourth save, retiring the final four batters after issuing a walk.
Bisons shortstop Luis Rivas singled in the third to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
The series continues tonight (7 p.m., Radio 1230 & 1330 AM).