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Bisons flirt with no-hitter in victory at Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Alex Hassan’s eighth-inning home run broke up what would have been the first no-hit game by Buffalo pitchers in 16 seasons, but the Bisons held on for a 2-1 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox Saturday night at McCoy Stadium.

Bisons starter Thad Weber (1-1) pitched seven no-hit innings but after tossing 79 pitches, his season high, he left the game. Buddy Carlyle came on to start the eighth inning and retired two batters before giving up the solo homer to Hassan, the first in Triple A for the prospect from Duke.

It was the longest stint of the season with Buffalo for Weber, who was making only his second start for the Herd. Weber went four innings and threw 75 pitches in a June 4 loss (4-0) to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

The 28-year-old right-hander struck out eight Saturday. The only baserunner against him was Ryan Lavarnway, who walked with two out in the fourth. Approaching his pitch limit, Weber got through his last inning, the seventh, with only eight pitches. Nevertheless, manager Marty Brown made the move to the bullpen even though the first Buffalo no-hitter since Bartolo Colon’s gem against the New Orleans Zephyrs on June 20, 1997, was in play.

Eugenio Velez scored both Buffalo runs. He hit his seventh home run in the second inning, his first hit on the road trip. He reached on a fielder’s choice in the fourth, stole second and third and came home on Lavarnway’s throwing error on the steal of third.

Tommy Hottovy relieved Carlyle after the Hassan homer. He pitched into the ninth before right-hander Brad Lincoln came on to retire right-hand hitting Drew Sutton for the final out.

The teams will complete their four-game series with a single game today (1:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Todd Redmond (1-1, 10.24) will start for the Bisons against Steven Wright (2-1, 5.10).