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Bisons’ rally comes up just short

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Despite cranking out 12 hits and coming up with a ninth-inning rally, the Buffalo Bisons fell on Thursday to the Gwinnett Braves, 7-5, at Coolray Field.

The Bisons (40-39), have now dropped three of their last four games.

Ryan Goins went 4 for 5 with a double and an RBI, while Kevin Pillar finished 2 for 5 with a double, RBI and a run scored. But the Bisons also left nine men stranded and were 3 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

Joe Bisenius (2-0) pitched six innings and struck out four to pick up the win, while reliever Dave Bush (7-6), who yielded five earned runs, was the loser.

The game was tied at 1 in the fourth inning when the Braves’ Joey Terdoslavich singled to left. With one out, Terdoslavich scored when Brandon Boggs singled to right then Alden Carrithers followed with a homer to right, giving Gwinnett a 4-1 lead.

The Herd remained quiet until the ninth when they provided some drama by scoring four runs with two outs.

Pillar singled to right field before Goins ripped a double to right to score Pillar. Then Mauro Gomez and Luis Jimenez made Braves fans even more uncomfortable with back-to-back home runs to pull the Herd within two runs, but Moises Sierra struck out swinging to end the game.

The Bisons wrap up their series with the Braves tonight (7:05, Radio 1520 AM) with Todd Redmond (2-1, 5.40) facing Omar Poveda (5-4, 3.39).