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Herd batters held to five hits in loss to Tides

NORFOLK — The Norfolk Tides, which started 49-year-old Jamie Moyer on the mound, handed the Buffalo Bisons a 3-1 loss on Wednesday before 4,277 at Harbor Park.

In making his third start for Norfolk, Moyer was opposed by someone nearly half his age, 25-year-old right-hander Dylan Owen. Neither starter figured in the decision. Moyer went four innings, allowing three hits, including Matt Tuiasosopo's second home run of the season in the second inning.

Norfolk, which had nine hits, scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings. Three Tides pitchers limited Buffalo to five hits. The win went to Steve Johnson (2-5) while the Herd's Pedro Beato (3-2) took the loss.

In four starts, Moyer has allowed four runs (three earned) and 11 hits in 16 innings with no walks and 16 strikeouts. He was signed to a minor-league contract by Baltimore earlier this month. While in the major leagues from 1986-2012, he won 269 games.

It was Owen's eighth start and 17th appearance for the Bisons this season. The righty fell in defeat on June 15 against Pawtucket, allowing four runs (two earned) in three innings of work. Owen squared off against the Tides 10 days ago and gave up just two runs in 4.2 innings of work in a no-decision. Owen is 2-3 with a 5.73 ERA.

The loss was the sixth in the Herd's last seven starts. The Tides take a 2-1 series lead into this afternoon's 12:15 p.m. game (radio 1520 a.m.) The Bisons' Jeurys Familia (5-3, 4.50) is the scheduled starter against lefty Zach Britton (1-1, 6.89). Buffalo is 19-18 as the road team this season.

At 38-35, the Bisons have completed half of the 144-game schedule. The club ranks fourth in the IL with a .257 team batting average and seventh with a 3.68 team ERA. The Bisons also rank in the league's top five in runs scored (fifth, 303) and home runs (third, 63).