TOLEDO, Ohio -- A couple of Buffalo Bisons' streaks came to an end Tuesday night in a 5-4 loss to the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field.
Buffalo's five-game winning streak in the International League went by the boards when the Mud Hens pushed across an eighth-inning run on Kevin Hooper's sacrifice fly to win the opener of a four-game series before a crowd of 4,503.
Bisons pitching allowed the first home run of the season after eight games and 72 innings when David Sardinha hit one out against Buffalo starter Jeff Harris to lead off the fifth inning. The Herd led, 4-1, before Sardinha's blast.
Ryan Raburn led off the Toledo sixth with another homer to make it 4-3, and the Mud Hens tied it when Ramon Santiago doubled to score Brent Clevlen, who reached on a two-out error.
"We kept chipping away," said Mud Hens manager Mike Rojas. "We had an opportunity with the bases loaded [in the seventh], and even though we fell short the confidence level in the dugout was up. Our guys are experienced enough to keep it going."
Santiago's double started Toledo's winning rally against loser Juan Lara (0-1). Santiago was held at third on Sardinha's sharp single to right, but Hooper followed with a fly to right to score Santiago.
Keith Ginter had an RBI single in Buffalo's two-run first. Mike Rose and Ben Francisco had run-producing doubles in the fourth and fifth as the Herd (7-2) built the lead and seemed on the way to its eighth win in nine games.
"Toledo is a quality baseball team, and they weren't going to shut down when we got a two-run lead," said Bisons manager Torey Lovullo.
The Bisons had two minor threats in the late innings but Francisco and Rose each struck out with a runner in scoring position for the third out in the seventh and the eighth. Closer Aquilino Lopez set down the Bisons in order in the ninth.
Left-hander Jason Stanford (1-0) of the Bisons will face right-hander Yorman Bazardo (0-1) in the second game of the series at 10:30 a.m. today (Radio 1230 AM) on School Celebration Day.
Bisons outfielders Shin-Soo Choo (shin) and Brad Snyder (ankle) sat out with minor injuries. Snyder is day to day. Choo is expected to play today.