It wasn't the way the Buffalo Bisons would have liked to kick off a grueling road trip.
The Herd was unable to hold onto a late-game lead and dropped a 10-6 decision to the Richmond Braves Saturday night at The Diamond.
The game, which was scheduled to go seven innings as part of a doubleheader, was decided in eight.
Then in the nightcap, the Herd lost, 2-1, in another seven-inning affair.
The teams are playing six games in four days with back-to-back doubleheaders to make up cancellations during their season-opening series at Dunn Tire park. In the first game, the Herd was the home team.
But that position didn't help, as the Bisons surrended a two-run lead in the final inning.
The Braves trailed, 6-4, but scored two runs off reliever Edward Mujica -- one on a groundout by Carlows Mendez and one on an RBI single by Bill McCarthy -- to extend the game.
Brad Snyder reached on a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh, but the Herd was not able to advance him.
In the eighth, Richmond notched four runs for a 10-6 lead.
It was the eighth time in the last 18 games that the Bisons' pitching staff has given up double-digit runs.
Buffalo got a base runner in the bottom of the eighth when Keith Ginter hit a two-out single, but Andy Marte struck out to end the game.
The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, but Buffalo got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Joe Inglett doubled to right field to score Ben Francisco.
The Herd took the lead in the fourth inning. Ryan Mulhern tied the game, 2-2, with his 10th home run of the season to left field. Buffalo then got RBI sngles from INglett and Keith Ginter for a 4-2 lead.
Richmond evened the game in the fifth but again, the Herd would take a two-run lead off RBI singles by Mulhern (fifth inning) and Luis Rivas (sixth inning).
In the second game, Richmond took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Graham Koonce and Doug Clark hit back-to-back RBI doubles.
The Herd got a run back in the fifth when David Wallace homered to left-center.
In the seventh, Buffalo had runners on first and second but Rivas grounded out to end the game.
The teams will meet again today (2 p.m., 1230 & 1330 AM) in a doubleheader, with Buffalo again serving as the home team in the opener.