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Early deficit dooms Bisons

TOLEDO -- A wild start literally proved to be too much for the Buffalo Bisons to overcome here Thursday night against the Toledo Mud Hens.

Toledo drew six walks in the first two innings, leading to four runs as the Mud Hens earned a 6-1 triumph.

A crowd of 7,752 watched Toledo beat the Bisons for the 11th time in a row in Fifth Third Field. The fans saw Will Rhymes and Danny Worth kick-start Toledo's offense in the first with consecutive singles. Both later scored when Herd lefty Mark Cohoon issued bases-loaded walks to Ben Guez and Andy Ciriaco.

Rhymes and Worth both walked in the second with one out. Ryan Strieby's single knocked in Rhymes. Worth later scored on a bases-loaded walk to Jeff Salazar, the sixth and final free pass issued by the rookie Cohoon in 1 2/3 innings of work.

Cohoon (4-9), who gave up four hits and four earned runs, was coming off a win over Columbus last Saturday in which he threw a season-high 103 pitches. He had allowed three earned runs or less in three straight starts and 10 of 12 starts before Thursday night.

Salomon Manriquez drove in the lone Bisons run in the second with a single that scored Jesus Feliciano, who walked to lead off the inning.

Feliciano went 0 for 3 and remains a couple knocks away from making modern-era Bisons history. The veteran outfielder is two hits shy of 100 for the season. If Feliciano reaches that number, he'll be the first Bison in the team's modern era to have three-straight 100-hit seasons.

The Bisons activated outfielder Bubba Bell from the disabled list. Bell missed eight games with a strained hamstring. He went 0 for 1 as a pinch hitter.

The series continues tonight with Dylan Owen (6-6, 4.47) getting the start for Buffalo (7 p.m., Radio 550 and 1520 AM) against Jacob Turner (1-0, 4.76).

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