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Herd's Slocum wins shutout

Brian Slocum added another chapter to an impressive early season performance by Buffalo Bisons' starting pitching Sunday at McCoy Stadium.

Slocum shut out Pawtucket for six innings and the Buffalo bullpen finished the job in a 6-0 victory over the Red Sox before 6,113.

Buffalo starters are a combined 10-1 with a 2.78 ERA. Slocum is 2-1 and lowered his ERA from 7.07 to 4.95.

Slocum, who retired the first eight hitters and threw 64 strikes in his 98 pitches, allowed just three hits and a walk and struck out a season-high seven. Mike Koplove pitched two scoreless innings and Brian Sikorski closed it out.

"What Brian did today is basically what we've expected all along," said Bisons manager Torey Lovullo. "He made some mental adjustments after that last outing [a loss to Pawtucket]. I could see a change in his demeanor. . . . He was waiting for this start today."

The 26-year-old right-hander left a scoreless game after striking out George Kottaras with the bases loaded in the sixth. The Herd then struck for four runs in the seventh against PawSox reliever Bryan Corey and two more in the ninth on Keith Ginter's two-run homer off Mike Burns.

Jason Cooper doubled home a pair of runs to break the scoreless deadlock in the seventh.

Third baseman Andy Marte joined the Herd on a rehab assignment from Cleveland and went 0 for 2.

Jeff Harris (1-1) will get the start for the Herd in the finale of a four-game series tonight (6:15 p.m., 1230 AM).

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