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Late rally sparks Herd past Braves

Rob Johnson's two-run single with two outs in the top of the eighth inning gave the Buffalo Bisons a 4-3 victory in the opening game of a four-game series against Gwinnett at Coolray Field.

The win was Buffalo's 12th comeback this season, accounting for two-thirds of the club's 18 wins.

On Monday, the Bisons trailed, 3-1, thanks to solid work from the 2011 International League's Most Valuable Pitcher, Julio Teheran. Buffalo was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and in danger of wasting Dustin Martin's one-out single in the eighth inning.

Josh Satin drew a two-out walk and Matt Tuiasosopo battled back from down 0-2 in the count to earn another free pass from Gwinnett reliever Jaye Champman. Fred Lewis had an easier time drawing his walk, watching four pitches sail outside the zone to force in a run.

Down 3-2, Johnson gave the Bisons their only lead of the game with a single through the left side of the infield. Buffalo's only hit with runners in scoring position gave the Herd a 4-3 advantage.

Fernando Cabrera nailed down Elvin Ramirez's first Triple-A win with his seventh save of the season. Ramirez came on with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and struck out Josh Wilson on four pitches.

Chris Schwinden started for Buffalo in his first game since a two-start stint with the Mets. He struck out eight batters but left after five innings with a 2-1 deficit.

Schwinden went 0-1 with an 11.25 ERA in New York. It was the right-hander's first start for the Bisons since April 22, when he threw a complete game but lost, 1-0, in the nightcap of a double-header in Syracuse.

To make room for Schwinden, the Bisons sent right-hander Brad Holt back to Double A Binghamton. While with the Herd, Holt had a 10.13 ERA and one save in six outings.

Buffalo scored its first run in the third inning on Martin's sacrifice fly.

The fourth game in what is a season-long 10-game road trip is tonight (7 p.m. Radio 1520 AM). Buffalo's Matt Harvey (2-1, 4.80) is scheduled to face Eric Junge (3-2, 3.10).