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Bisons' run ends at four

ROCHESTER -- The Buffalo Bisons' longest win streak this season remains four.

The Bisons had a four-game run, their third such streak of the season, end Tuesday afternoon with a 7-3 loss to the Rochester Red Wings.

A Frontier Field crowd of 7,338 watched Toby Gardenhire deliver a pair of two-RBI singles to help the Red Wings split the two-game series between Thruway neighbors occupying the bottom of the International League North.

Gardenhire, son of parent club Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, drove in two on a single with the bases loaded in the first inning as Rochester jumped on Bisons starter Mark Cohoon (3-7). The Red Wings took a 4-0 lead in the first against Cohoon, who allowed nine hits, two walks and seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

After a Valentino Pascucci RBI double drew Buffalo within 4-1 in the third and Rochester tacked on one run in the fourth, Gardenhire came up big again in the fifth.

Cohoon was pulled with one out and runners at second and third, and Gardenhire greeted Michael O'Connor with a single to score both runs for a 7-1 lead.

Eric Hacker (6-10) got the win after allowing five hits and two earned runs in five innings, counterbalancing five walks with five strikeouts. Buffalo added runs on a sacrifice fly by Ruben Tejada in the sixth and a Josh Satin RBI double in the ninth.

The Bisons' previous four-game win streaks were May 28-30 -- which included a home doubleheader sweep of Gwinnett -- and June 24-27 in a four-game sweep at Norfolk. Buffalo (47-64) is in fifth place in the IL North; Rochester (44-66) is 2 1/2 games behind in last place.

Two hitting streaks for the Bisons were extended, as Pascucci (1 for 3) hit in his 14th straight while Satin (2 for 4) has a hit in 10 straight. Pascucci has 75 RBIs on the year, which stands second behind International League leader Stefan Gartrell of Gwinnett.

Mike Baxter went 2 for 3 for the Bisons. O'Connor allowed only the one Gardenhire hit and no earned runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

The Bisons are off today and will continue their season-long, 10-game road trip at Pawtucket on Thursday. The Herd is in Rhode Island for four games then stops in Syracuse on their way back to Buffalo.

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