Sean Smith was perfect for 6 2/3 innings but ended up as the losing pitcher Monday night as the Buffalo Bisons dropped a 4-2 decision to the Richmond Braves.
The 23-year-old right-hander retired the first 17 Richmond batters, but the Braves tied the game with two runs after two were out in the sixth and had a decisive two-run rally in the seventh.
"I went at it today with everything I had and came up a short. Obviously, I'm disappointed," said Smith, who breezed through the first five innings but had only two strikeouts.
"He wasn't really overpowering. Obviously, he had command and confidence in all his pitches," said Bisons manager Torey Lovullo, who saw his team lose for the fourth time in five games in this series, which ends with a game tonight (7 p.m., 1230, 1330).
Wes Timmons drew a two-out walk in the sixth to become the first Richmond base runner. Gregor Blanco followed with a ground single to right.
"I was trying to throw [Blanco] a high fastball," Smith said. "I threw it pretty much where I wanted to, and he fought it off."
After Martin Prado was hit by a pitch to fill the bases, Brayan Pena came through with a two-run single.
In the seventh, two-out doubles by Iker Franco and Timmons produced two more runs against Smith.
Buffalo (34-29), which blew two-run leads and lost games Saturday and Sunday, owned a 2-0 advantage in this one, scoring runs in the third and fifth after leadoff singles by David Wallace.
Buffalo threatened in the eighth, but Richmond closer Rich Scalamandre retired Andy Marte on a fly ball for the third out and set Buffalo down in order in the ninth.
Earlier Monday, Marte was named IL Batter of the Week after he hit .462 with three doubles, four home runs and 11 RBIs in eight games.