NORFOLK, Va. — The Buffalo Bisons' hopes of snapping a four-game losing streak were dashed on Monday as the Norfolk Tides scored five runs in the sixth inning of a 7-5 victory before 7,529 at Harbor Park.
Buffalo took a 3-1 lead into the fifth, but that quickly vanished after the Tides' Chris Robinson broke open the close game with a three-run double.?The loss spoiled the Triple-A debut of
Collin McHugh (0-1). The Mets' 18th-round pick in the 2008 draft was promoted on Monday after going 5-5 with a 2.41 ERA in 12 starts with Binghamton (AA).
McHugh took a 3-1 lead into the sixth and looked poised to pick up his first Triple-A victory, but it would not last. The Tides got things started in the sixth with back-to-back singles by Joe Mahoney and Bill Hall. With nobody out, McHugh walked L.J. Hoes to load the bases. Following a strikeout of Blake Davis, Robinson roped a line-drive double to clear the bases and later scored after making it to third on an error by Ronny Cedeno to make it 5-3 Tides. It was his 10th double of the season. Later in the inning, with Xavier Avery on second, Lew Ford singled in Avery to bump the Norfolk lead to 6-3.
McHugh gave up five hits, four earned runs and walked four with five strikeouts.
The Bisons rallied for two runs in the eighth inning as Corey Wimberly drove in the pair with his fourth hit of the game in five trips.
The game was the opener of a four-game series from Harbor Park and the start of an eight-game road trip for the Herd.
The Bisons pounded out 13 hits but went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position as they left nine men on base. The Herd also were slowed down by three errors.
The Bisons were coming off a 2-6 homestand. The five-game losing streak is the longest of the season for the Herd. Buffalo is 18-17 on the road this season.
To make room for McHugh, righthander Jeff Stevens was transferred to Binghamton.
The series continues tonight (7:15 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). The Herd will start Matt Harvey (5-3, 3.87), who is expected to face Miguel Gonzalez (2-1, 1.29).