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Loss sends Bisons skidding home

DURHAM, N.C. -- The homestand ends with fireworks and a traditional musical performance by the Buffalo Philharmonic on July 3, but the Buffalo Bisons hope those aren't the only highlights of the 10-game stretch that begins tonight against Norfolk at Coca-Cola Field (7:35, Radio 1520 AM).

The Herd return home after concluding an eight-game road trip Thursday night in Durham with a 4-1 loss to the Bulls.

The Bisons hope to put on a more entertaining show than the last time they appeared before the home folks, when they were outscored, 60-40, during a 1-7 homestand -- just their third 1-7 homestand in the history of the downtown park.

The Herd will enter tonight's game with a little more momentum than they had when they left town. The highlight of their 3-5 road trip: winning at IL South Division-leader Durham last Tuesday, the first time Buffalo has won in the Bulls' home park since May 2009.

Righty Jack Egbert, who missed 2010 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, took the loss in his Bisons debut although he started out solidly -- throwing 16 of his first 20 pitches for strikes before leveling off (41 strikes on 73 pitches). He gave up a homer to Leslie Anderson in the fourth and was lifted with one out in the fifth. He yielded three earned runs on four hits with four walks and two strikeouts.

Nick Evans' one-out homer in the eighth accounted for Buffalo's run. Herd second baseman Michael Fisher's 16-game hitting streak came to an end following an 0-for-4 night.

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