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Herd drops below .500 with 9-5 loss

The Buffalo Bisons lost their second game in a row and the third in four games with a 9-5 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs. The defeat pushes the Bisons to 56-57 on the season.

Buffalo starter Scott Diamond was burned by Matt Skole in the first, giving up a three-run home run to the 27-year-old third baseman. Syracuse continued to pile on early, scoring a run each in the second and third on an error and a sacrifice fly.

The Bisons were also able to leave the park, scoring all their runs on four homers. Domonic Brown hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning that just barely escaped the grasp of Chiefs’ center fielder Michael Taylor. Buffalo followed that up with three solo shots. Matt Dominguez hit his team-leading 14th homer of the season to left in the fourth, while Casey Kotchman and Ryan Goins each took the ball to right field in the seventh and eighth, respectively.

Syracuse’s three-run sixth, highlighted by a two-RBI double, kept the Bisons at arm’s length the rest of the game.

Rough night: Diamond was on the hook for six of the Chiefs’ eight runs in his six innings of work. He gave up seven hits and two walks.

Goins nowhere: Goins played in his first game since being optioned to the Bisons by Toronto Tuesday. He previously was playing with the team on a rehab assignment. He went 2 for 4 with a home run and a single in addition to a diving catch in the fourth inning Thursday.

Allenson on Assignment: Bisons manager Gary Allenson began his mandatory four-day leave from the team Thursday. Taking over bench duties is former Dunedin Blue Jays manager Omar Malavé.

Roster moves: The Bisons lost righty reliever Ben Rowen to the Milwaukee Brewers on waivers Thursday. Rowen, 27, had a 2.47 ERA and one save in 47.1 innings pitched with the Herd. He was a Triple-A All-Star this season, facing two runners and allowing no runs in the All-Star Game.

Up next: The Bisons continue their road trip when they play the first game of a three-game series against Pawtucket Friday (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Righty Chris Leroux (7-7, 4.14 ERA) goes for the Herd against lefty Roenis Elias (7-4, 3.90 ERA).

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