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Woes mount up for Bisons' Gee

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- June has not been kind to Dillon Gee.

In five starts this month, the right-handed pitcher has yet to get a win. Thursday, he made it only through three innings, spotting Gwinnett a 7-0 lead en route to a 10-4 win for the Braves in Coolray Field.

It's the fourth straight loss for Gee, who is tied with Pat Misch for most wins on the Herd's pitching staff this year with six. Gee has been stuck on No. 6 since picking up the win May 28 against Toledo. His earned run average after that game was 3.92. It has ballooned to 5.31.

After Gwinnett took the 7-0 lead, the Bisons got on the board in fourth when Jorge Padilla hit a two-run homer to left center field. The Herd added two more in the fifth on a sacrifice bunt by Michael O'Connor and a single by Russ Adams.

With the loss, the teams split the four-game series. The Bisons have not won a series since they took three of four games in Norfolk, June 4-7.

Before the game, the New York Mets recalled catcher Josh Thole. Since May 1, Thole has hit .318 (34 for 107) with 14 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 11 RBIs for the Bisons. Overall with the Herd, he was hitting .267 (44 for 165).

The Bisons travel to Charlotte to begin a four-game series with the Knights tonight (7:15 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Righty Tobi Stoner (3-6, 5.16 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Bisons against righty Daniel Hudson (9-3, 3.89 ERA).