The Buffalo Bisons and Charlotte Knights traded places Friday night and that was a bad thing for the Herd.
The Knights, who entered this four-game series ranked last in batting in the International League, had no trouble playing the hits -- collecting 11 of them en route to a 5-2 win before 6,041 at Knights Stadium.
Buffalo has ranked near the top of the IL in batting most of the season and entered Friday's game third in the league with a .271 average. But the Herd struggled to get it done at the plate -- finishing with a mere five hits.
Buffalo collected two of them in the first inning, with Mike Jacobs' single plating Justin Turner for the 1-0 lead.
Charlotte, which recorded all of its hits against losing pitcher Tobi Stoner (3-7), took a 2-1 lead in the second as Brent Morel and Alejandro De Aza drove in runs with singles.
Russ Adams (2 for 3) belted his fifth homer of the season in the third to tie it for the Herd.
The Knights took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth on Jordan Danks' RBI double. He scored later in the inning on Javier Colina's single. Tyler Flowers' sacrifice fly in the fifth increased the hosts' lead.
Stoner dropped his third straight decision and hasn't won a game since beating Lehigh Valley on May 23.
The series continues tonight (7:15 p.m., Radio 1520 AM) with righty Dylan Owen (3-3) getting the start for the Herd.
In a roster move, the Herd recalled catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere from Class A St. Lucie to replace Josh Thole, who was called up to the Mets on Thursday.