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Owen's rough start dooms Herd

GWINNETT, Ga. -- Pitcher Dylan Owen of the Buffalo Bisons found the command of his pitches Monday night. Too late, though.

The Gwinnett Braves touched Owen for six runs and nine hits in the first two innings and went on to a 7-2 victory over the Bisons before 3,661 at Coolray Field.

Although Owen (3-3) retired the last 10 batters he faced, the Herd was never able to recover from his early problems.

The Braves struck for two runs in the first inning and broke it open with a four-run second inning. Gwinnett had six hits in the frame, five singles and an RBI double by Clint Sammons.

The Bisons, who left 13 runners on base and were only 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position, got to Gwinnett starter Tim Gustafson (7-4) for their first run in the sixth inning when Mike Jacobs opened the inning with a single, moved around on a double by Mike Cervenak and scored on a groundout by Lucas Duda.

Buffalo had a runner on in every inning but the third over the first five frames but couldn't cash any in.

Gustafson pitched six innings before Jeff Lyman relieved him. Lyman pitched into the eighth before he left with a hand injury.

Buffalo had a pair of runners on in the eighth via walks but failed to cash them in. Jacobs, who had led off with a walk, moved around to third on a wild pitch and a groundout, but was left stranded when Cervenak and Josh Thole grounded out.

Jacobs singled home the second Buffalo run in the ninth, but the Bisons left the bases loaded.

The teams will play the second game of their four-game series tonight (7:05 p.m, Radio 1520 AM) with Pat Misch (5-3, 3.50) scheduled to start for the Herd against Jo-Jo Reyes (1-4, 4.23) in a matchup of left-handers.

In a roster move Monday, the New York Mets recalled right-hand relief pitcher Bobby Parnell (1-1, 2.24 with the Herd). His 24 appearances were second most on the Bisons. He had two saves in seven games this month.

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