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Bisons break through for win over Knights

FORT MILL, S.C. -- Shut out and limited to three hits through the first six innings by Charlotte's Jeffrey Marquez, the Buffalo Bisons put together two late three-run rallies for a 6-3 victory over the Knights Sunday afternoon.

A crowd of 2,773 on a sweltering 93-degree day at Knights Stadium saw the Bisons (39-38) snap a three-game losing streak and keep from falling below .500 for the first time since Opening Day (0-1).

The Herd had four baserunners through the first six innings, but two were erased by double plays.

In the seventh, however, Jorge Padilla led off with a bunt single and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Two walks and a hit batsman then filled the bases for J.R. House, who doubled home two runs to put the Herd in front, 3-2.

In the eighth, Valentino Pascucci padded the Bisons' lead with a three-run homer after singles by Russ Adams and Mike Jacobs.

Charlotte got a run back in the eighth, but Adam Pettyjohn set the Knights down in order in the ninth for his second save of the season. The game was interrupted by a torrential shower with two outs in the top of the ninth, then completed.

Buffalo is now 11-4 in games started by Pat Misch (7-3, 3.46 ERA).

The Bisons, 3-9 in their last 12 road games, will close their season series against the Knights tonight (7:15 p.m. Radio 1520 AM) with Ramon Ortiz (0-0, 4.50) to start against Matt Zaleski (5-5, 3.18).

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