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RailRiders sweep Bisons, who drop back to .500

The Buffalo Bisons came back to Coca-Cola Field on June 30 riding a nine-game win streak, 14 games over .500 and only two games out of first place in the North Division of the International League. They’ve gone 6-18 since to fall back to .500 (52-52) and are 14 games out of first place.

Buffalo’s losing streak reached seven games Tuesday night with a doubleheader sweep, 3-2 in eight innings, and 3-0 against the first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in Moosic, Pa.

New way to lose: The Bisons have suffered five walk-off losses this season, but Tuesday’s in Game One was different. Gary Sanchez of the RailRiders scored from second base with one out in the eighth on a wild pitch by Dustin Antolin and a throwing error by catcher Wilkin Castillo. In Game Two, Scranton scored three times in the first and waltzed to victory behind the four-hit pitching of Luis Cessa.

One-run agony: Five of the Bisons’ losses in the losing streak have been one-run defeats, including Tuesday’s opener. The Herd has scored only 11 runs in the seven games.

Wasted chances: The Bisons outhit Scranton, 11-6, in the opener but grounded into three double plays, had another runner caught stealing and left seven on base. Chris Colabello singled home one run in the third for Buffalo and Andy Burns’ sacrifice fly in the sixth plated the other.

Up next: Right-hander Casey Lawrence (2-2, 4.58) will get the start for Buffalo in the series finale Wednesday afternoon (Radio 1520, 12:05 p.m.) against righty Brady Lail (3-2, 3.67).

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