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Norfolk rains runs on Bisons

The Norfolk Tides poured down runs on the Buffalo Bisons on a rainy night in Virginia, winning 11-3 at Harbor Park on Saturday.

The Tides scored runs in each of the first four innings, cruising to a second straight victory over the Herd.

A two-out grand slam off the bat of designated hitter Rhyne Hughes gave the Tides a 4-0 lead in the first.

The Tides struck again in the second, adding two runs.

Back-to-back two-out doubles in the third extended the Norfolk lead to 7-0.

A rain delay in the top of the fourth came with two on and two out for the Bisons, and they managed a run after the break when Nick Evans singled to send Michael Fisher home with help from a Josh Bell throwing error.

Both starting pitchers were pulled after the delay of about 45 minutes. Buffalo's Josh Stinson (3-7) left the game after allowing seven runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out just one in three innings of work.

The Tides didn't let the Bisons' run go unanswered, tacking on three more in the bottom of the fourth.

Harris hit a ground-rule double and was moved to third on a Brandon Snyder single. Jake Fox doubled to score Harris and move Snyder to third, then Bell singled, sending Snyder across the plate and Fox to third. Fox then scored on a wild pitch from relief pitcher Michael O'Connor to give the Tides a 10-1 lead.

Buffalo finally got the offense going in the ninth. Jesus Feliciano started out the inning with a single. Mike Nickeas flied out to center, but Bubba Bell walked to move Feliciano to second. A Luis Figueroa line drive loaded the bases with one out.

Fisher grounded into a fielder's choice that scored Feliciano, but Figueroa was thrown out at second. Then Zach Lutz singled to send Bell home, but Valentino Pascucci struck out swinging to end the Bisons' rally and the ballgame.

Fisher's hit streak reached 12 games, as he went 1 for 4.

The Bisons have now lost seven of their last eight.

Dylan Owen (2-3, 5.00) will take the mound for the Herd against Norfolk today at 1:15 p.m. (Radio 1520) before the Bisons travel to Durham on Monday.