TOLEDO -- The road has been kinder this season to the Buffalo Bisons compared to last year's struggles away from Coca-Cola Field, but one place the Bisons apparently still have trouble winning is at Fifth Third Field.
That trend continued Friday despite a quality start from prospect Jeurys Familia, who came out on a short end of a pitchers' duel with Toledo counterpart Thad Weber.
The Buffalo Bisons dropped a 5-2 decision here as they struck out a season-high 15 times against four Mud Hens pitchers.
Weber posted 12 of the strikeouts while yielding five hits in seven innings, rebounding from giving up a first-inning homer to the Herd's Josh Satin.
Jose Ortega fanned one in the eighth and Chris Bootcheck two in the ninth for Toledo, 12-1 against the Herd at Fifth Third Field since 2009.
The Bisons, 14-13 as visitors this year, took a 2-1 lead into the sixth as Fred Lewis' triple drove in Satin (2 for 4) in the fourth to break a 1-1 tie. That's when the Mud Hens finally got to Familia, who entered the start 3-0 on the road, as Brad Eldred's two-out, two-run homer to right gave Toledo the lead for good.
The series continues tonight with lefty Garrett Olson (1-3, 4.70) starting for Buffalo (7, 1520 AM).
In other news, with the Mets calling up catcher Josh Thole and right-handed reliever Elvin Ramirez after Thursday's Bisons game, they returned catcher Rob Johnson. Thole caught Johan Santana's no-nitter Friday.
Meanwhile, right-hander Chris Schwinden -- a Triple-A All-Star last year who leads Buffalo with a 2.59 ERA -- was designated for assignment Friday. He was 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA in three games with the Mets, including two starts. Schwinden could return to the Bisons unless he's claimed off waivers by another team.
Johnson went 10 for 32 with an RBI for the Mets.