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Bisons look grim in late innings

FORT MILL, S.C. - The Buffalo Bisons have been on the wrong side of close games lately.

The Herd lost another heartbreaker on Saturday night after taking a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning only to fall to the Charlotte Knights, 5-4.

The loss continues what is becoming a troubling trend for the Bisons. They lost 5-3 in 10 innings at Gwinnett on Thursday and 3-2 in 10 against the Knights on Friday to open the four-game set.

The Herd led 4-2 in the eighth inning when the Knights Hector Gimenez homered with two aboard off reliever Justin Hampson to give Charlotte a 5-4 advantage. Gimenez' blast was an answer to Val Pascucci's two-run homer to center in the seventh that pushed the Herd ahead 4-2.

Brian Bruney sat the Bisons down 1-2-3 in the ninth to earn his fifth save.

The Bisons are 3-5 on their season-long 10-game road trip that has already had stops in Rochester and Gwinnett. The Herd has not won a four-game series at Knights Stadium since taking three of four, May 13-16, 2005.

The Bisons also announced infielder Bobby Scales has been placed on the temporary inactive list and intends to sign with a team in Japan.

Also, in a move that was announced Friday, outfielder Vinny Rottino has been added to the team's active roster.

Scales batted .339 with 10 doubles, two home runs, nine RBIs and 16 runs scored in 32 games with the Bisons. His average ranks sixth best in the International League while his .459 on-base percentage is the second highest in the IL. Scales signed a minor league contract with the Mets on April 1.

Buffalo and the Knights will play Game Three of the series at 2:15 p.m. today with Matt Harvey (3-1, 4.00) going against Charlie Shirek (3-2, 4.32).