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Herd has a rough start on the road

ROCHESTER -- The Buffalo Bisons' season-long, 10-game road swing got off to a poor start Saturday.

Pitcher Dylan Owen gave them a strong start but his throwing error in the third inning led to an unearned run. The Red Wings then managed to scrape together a run in the fifth to defeat the Herd, 2-1, in the first game of a doubleheader in Frontier Field. The Bisons also dropped the nightcap, 5-0.

The Bisons, who were coming off a productive 6-1 homestand and had won 12 of their last 16 games, kicked off a road trip that includes stops in Gwinnett and Charlotte.

Rochester scored the bulk of its runs in the fourth inning of the second game.

J.R. Towles singled to center to drive in Matt Carson. Then with two outs and the bases loaded, Darin Mastroianni doubled to right to drive home two more runs. Mastroianni came up big again for the Red Wings in the sixth with a two-run single to center with one out.

In the first game, Rochester scored the winning run in the fifth on Brian Dozier's sacrifice fly to center on which Rene Rivera scored to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead.

Rochester had tied the game at 1 in the third inning when Ray Chang scored from second following a throwing error by Owen after he fielded Mastroianni's sacrifice bunt.

The Herd struck first in the second inning when Matt Tuiasosopo scored from third on Omar Quintanilla's single with two outs. The Bisons could have tacked on more with the bases loaded, but Bobby Scales flew out to left to end the inning.

Owen (2-2) allowed five hits and one earned run in 4 2/3 innings while Rochester starter P.J. Walters (3-1) pitched all seven innings and allowed one run on four hits while striking out seven.

Owen made his third start since moving into the rotation April 23. The right-hander was dominating in his last game, allowing just one run on four hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings against Rochester on April 29.

Also on Saturday, the Mets activated right-hander D.J. Carrasco from the disabled list and sent infielder Jordany Valdespin to the Herd.

The Bisons are off today and play at 7:05 p.m. Monday at Gwinnett.