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Herd heads home with loss ; Bisons hit five HRs, but pitchers yield 21 hits

FORT MILL, S.C. -- It was another road weary adventure for the Buffalo Bisons.

With a 13-12 loss to the Charlotte Knights on Monday night, the Herd ended their road trip at just 3-5 hoping for some relief in their return to the friendlier confines of Coca-Cola Field.

Despite hitting five home runs, Buffalo dropped the series with Charlotte, beating the Knights just once in four gamesm and fell to just 6-14 in their last 20 games at Knights Stadium.

The Bisons were trailing 9-4, by the third inning.

But the Herd's offense found some extra life in late innings and a single by Lucas Duda with one out and the bases loaded scored two runs and tied the game, 12-12, in the ninth.

Charlotte responded in the bottom of the ninth as Buck Coat's two-out single with runners on first and third scored the winning run.

Buffalo's first five runs came on home runs. Russ Adams started the trend hitting a leadoff homer in the first inning.

Duda hit a two-run shot in the second while Andy Green and Valentino Pascucci added solo shots in the third and sixth, respectively.

Bisons starter Ramon Ortiz had a rough outing, giving up nine runs on 12 hits in three innings. It was the second start with the Herd for Ortiz since he was signed June 23, both outings ending in no-decisions. After Monday's performance, Ortiz has an earned-run average of 14.14.

John Lujan (2-2) took the loss, coming on in the eighth for the Herd. In all, the Bisons' pitching staff gave up 21 hits. The Herd's offense kept them in the game, collecting 15 hits with Adams and Pascucci each getting three.

The Bisons open a five-game homestand tonight (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM) with righty Dillon Gee (6-5, 5.31 ERA) getting the start against Syracuse. The same teams play again Wednesday afternoon before the Herd begins a three-game series with Rochester, including the the 16th annual Independence Eve Celebration with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday.

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