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Bisons begin last homestand tonight

Four games and four nights of ballpark fun are all that remain on the Buffalo Bisons home schedule.

The Bisons annual Home Run Derby is on the program when the Buffalo returns to Coca-Cola Field tonight to open the last homestand of the season against the Rochester Red Wings (6:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM).

Valentino Pascucci, Zach Lutz and Josh Satin of the Bisons are scheduled to compete in the postgame Home Run Derby, which will be followed by a fireworks display.

The Bisons will face the Wings again Monday night, which will be another Bargain Monday. There will be a Bobble Head Giveaway. The first 4,000 fans through the Swan Street gate will receiver a Buster T. Bison/Mr. Met Double Bobble Head. Bargain Monday features $7 tickets and $1 popcorn and $1 ice cream at the ballpark's concession stands.

Pat Misch (7-9, 4.37) and Chris Schwinden (7-7, 3.86) are the scheduled Bisons starters for the Rochester series against Deinys Suarez (0-2, 7.90) and Eric Hacker (7-12, 5.74).

After an off day Tuesday, the Bisons will face the Syracuse Chiefs Wednesday night. It will be Back to School Night.

The home finale against the Chiefs on Thursday will be Fan Appreciation Night with the Washington Nationals' famous Racing Presidents -- George, Tom, Abe and Teddy -- scheduled to perform. Prizes will be given out every half inning. Again, there will be postgame fireworks.

Buffalo will close out the schedule with four road games next weekend -- two games at Lehigh Valley and two at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Bisons snapped their 12-game losing streak in Toledo Saturday night, edging the Mud Hens, 3-2, in the final game of their eight-game Ohio road trip. Buffalo had not won at Fifth Third Field since 2008.

Lutz his his 11th home run, third against Toledo this season, with Jordany Valdespin on base in the third inning. Josh Satin singled home the winning run in the sixth, snapping a 2-2 tie. Valdespin continued his hot hitting, going 3 for 3. The Triple-A rookie batted .412 on the road trip (14 for 34).

Mike O'Connor, who pitched two innings in relief of spot starter Brian Sweeney, picked up the win. O'Connor struck out four in his brief stint. Dale Thayer pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save.