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Knights stymie the Herd

Three Charlotte pitchers shut down the Buffalo Bisons over the last four innings and the Knights rallied for a 3-2 victory Saturday night before 9,244 at Knights Stadium.

The Bisons had taken a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning, but Dylan Owen (3-4), the second of two Buffalo pitchers, was unable to hold the advantage.

Mike Cervenak hit a one-out homer to left to get the Bisons' fifth started. Singles by Lucas Duda and J.R. House and Justin Turner's sacrifice fly produced the second run of the inning. Russ Adams followed with a double to left but House was thrown at home by left-fielder Stefan Gartrell to end the threat.

Veteran left-hander Raul Valdes, down on option from the New York Mets, started for the Herd, allowing only one run and striking out seven over four innings.

Owen took over in the fifth and retired six of the first seven batters he faced. However he ran into trouble in the seventh when he was touched for a pair of runs on successive doubles by Brent Morel, Robert Hudson and Alejandro De Aza. Adam Pettyjohn relieved and pitched out of the inning with no further damage.

The Bisons, however, managed only one hit -- a two-out double by Duda in the seventh inning --. over the last four frames against Charlotte starter Carlos Torres (6-5), and relievers Jhonny Nunez and Erick Threets, who picked up the save by retiring the Bisons in order in the ninth.

The loss was the third straight for the Bisons, who are 2-4 on their eight-game road trip.

Left-hander Pat Misch (6-3, 3.49) will start for Buffalo against right-hander Jeff Marquez (6-4, 4.35) today (2:15 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). The four-game series will wrap up Monday night before the Herd returns home for two games against Syracuse.