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Bisons head home with loss

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Some summer-type weather and a long homestand couldn't come at a better time for the Buffalo Bisons.

The Herd will open an eight-game stretch at Coca-Cola Field tonight against Indianapolis (7:05, TWC 13, Radio 1520 AM) hoping some home games will provide a remedy to their recent losing streak, which hit three games with Monday night's 4-3 loss to the Gwinnett Braves at Coolray Field.

Mauro Gomez hit a walk-off homer on the first pitch he saw from Herd reliever Ryota Igarashi as the Braves took three of four games in the series. Gomez's homer to right center just sailed over the outstretched glove of right fielder Fernando Martinez.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 3 for 4 with two doubles for the Bisons, scoring the run that tied the game, 3-3, in the sixth on Luis Hernandez's one-out single.

Buffalo catcher Raul Chavez threw out his 18th baserunner in 34 steal attempts, while home-plate umpire Kelvin Bultron ejected Bisons' first baseman Valentino Pascucci for arguing a called third strike to end the top of the fifth.

The Herd will enter the homestand off a 3-5 road trip. Their recent losing streak follows a stretch in which they won six of eight.

Righty Josh Stinson (3-4, 5.04 ERA) is scheduled to get the start tonight for Buffalo against lefty Justin Wilson (6-3, 3.19). It's Yo-Yo Giveway night for the first 3,000 who arrive at the ballpark. It's also Kraft Singles Tuesday Tickets Night.

Thursday will be the Bisons' School Kids Day game at 10:35 a.m., while Saturday night's contest against the Columbus Clippers will be Star Wars Night. In addition to being able to meet various Star Wars characters, the Bisons will wear Star Wars-themed jerseys that will be auctioned following the game with proceeds to benefit the American Heart Association.

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