SYRACUSE — A four-hit night by shortstop Ryan Goins was not enough for the Buffalo Bisons on Monday as they opened their longest road trip of the season with a 6-5 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs before 906 at NBT Bank Stadium.
Syracuse scored two runs in the seventh and an unearned run in the eighth for the win. Steven Souza hit a two-run single to put the Chiefs ahead for a good.
Buffalo rallied to within a run in the ninth against reliever Warner Madrigal. With one out, Goins doubled to right field off and scored on Jared Goedert’s single. But Madrigal struck out Dan Johnson and retired Brad Glenn on a fly to left field to end the game.
Despite pounding out 14 hits, the Bisons (30-31) fell to the Chiefs for the fifth time in the last seven starts.
Neither starting pitcher figured in the decision. The Herd’s Radhames Liz went 5.2 innings giving up five hits, three earned runs.
This loss went to Luis Ayala (0-1), who was touched for two earned runs and three hits in just a third of an inning.
Syracuse starter Josh Roenicke lasted five innings, yielding nine hits with three earned runs. The win went to Xavier Cedeno (2-0), the Chiefs’ third pitcher, who gave up one hit in 1.2 innings.
Herd outfielder Darin Mastroianni has hits in 11 of his last 12 games, including a single on Monday, raising his average to .309. Dating back to May 29, he has averaged .367 (18-49) with three doubles and six runs scored.
The Bisons will play one more game here today (Radio 1520, 10:30 a.m.) before heading for four-game stops in Toledo and Columbus.
Deck McGuire (2-0, 2.29) is today’s scheduled starter for Buffalo against Taylor Jordan (0-2, 4.06) of the Chiefs.