No lead seems safe with the Buffalo Bisons these days.
After the Herd bullpen wasted a 5-1 lead on Saturday night, they saw what had been a 6-0 advantage vanish against the Charlotte Knights at BB & T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C.
A ninth-inning rally saved the Bisons the first time, but not on Sunday.
The Knights (24-24) exploded for three runs in the fifth, another in the sixth and took the lead with three in the seventh on the way to an 8-7 victory over Buffalo (26-21). Danny Hayes and Nicky Delmonico contributed homers to the Charlotte comeback. Hayes, who hit a solo homer in the the sixth, singled to drive home the winning run in the Knights' three-run eighth that took care of what remained of the Buffalo lead.
Mike Ohlman, Jason Leblebijian and Ian Parmley contributed run-producing hits as the Bisons built their lead by scoring in each of the first four innings. The Bisons ended up leaving 14 runners on base.
Reliever Wil Browning was victimized for four runs and five hits in his two innings, but the winning run came against Chad Girodo (0-2), who gave up a two-out double to Carson Blair and Hayes' RBI single in the seventh.
Parmley on a tear: After going 4 for 4 on Saturday, the Bisons outfielder was 2 for 5 on Sunday leaving his batting average at .289.
Streaking Smith: Dwight Smith Jr., extended his hitting streak to eight games spread out over two separate recalls to Toronto with a fourth-inning single. Smith saved a run in the fifth inning when he fielded Cody Asche's soft single to left and threw out Jacob May at the plate for the third out in the inning. The third Charlotte run of the inning scored on the hit, however.
Rehab report: Bisons starter Francisco Liriano, down on a rehab assignment, had a one-hit shutout going until the fifth, which he couldn't get out of. The trouble began with a fielding error by first baseman Rowdy Tellez. Two hits and a walk followed before the veteran lefty was relieved by Wil Browning. Liriano made seven starts with the Blue Jays before he was shut down on May 11 with inflammation in his left shoulder. He was 2-2 with a 6.35 ERA at the time. He posted a 2-2 record after he joined the Blue Jays in a trade from Pittsburgh last season. Liriano also pitched for Minnesota and the Chicago White Sox before going to Pittsburgh. He has 98 major league victories and 94 losses starting in 2005.
Hitting high notes: The Bisons hit a season highs in runs (12), runs in an inning (7), hits (17) on Saturday night when they rallied for seven runs in the top of the ninth in a 12-7 win over the Knights.
Gate report: So far this weekend the Knights have drawn 30,950 in official attendance for the three dates of the series against Buffalo. Friday (10,526), Saturday (10,214) and Sunday (10, 210) were the three highest attendance figures for a Bisons road game this season. The Knights had postgame fireworks both Friday and Sunday.
Up next: A 2:05 game with the Knights will complete the series in Charlotte and finish Buffalo's road games against the International League's South Division. Lefty T.J. House is scheduled for Buffalo. The Herd will open a three-game home series against Toledo at 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by a 1:05 p.m. matinee on Wednesday.