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Bisons let two leads slip, lose to Knights

FORT MILLS, S.C. — The Buffalo Bisons lost the lead, twice, and eventually lost the game as the Charlotte Knights scored in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 win Saturday in Knights Stadium.

The Herd built a 2-0 lead on solo home runs by Ryan Goins in the first and Luis Jimenez in the sixth.

Ricky Romero held the Knights scoreless for five innings, giving up just two hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Then came the sixth, when he gave up three runs on four hits as the Knights took a 3-2 lead.

The Herd regained the lead in the seventh when Kevin Pillar belted his first Triple-A home run with Mike McCoy on base for a 4-3 lead. McCoy had doubled to lead off the inning.

But it unraveled again in the eighth when a bloop single to right field drove in the tying run. Bisons outfielder Moises Sierra was injured on the play. He was helped off the field after he apparently injured his hamstring.

In the bottom of the ninth, a double by Josh Phegley and a bunt single by Andy Wilkins put runners on the corners. A single by Jim Gallagher off Brad Lincoln drove in the winning run.

Sierra’s status is uncertain, but the Herd lost pitcher Chad Jenkins to the disabled list Saturday. Dave Bush will take his start Tuesday.

Jenkins felt a tweak in his back in his last start Thursday in Gwinnett.

“The last hitter of the second inning, I threw a fastball and I felt something tweak in my lat,” Jenkins said on the Bisons’ pregame radio show. “I tried to shake it off. In the dugout, it was tight. I tried to keep it loose. … I figured I better get out before I do too much damage.”

In spring training, Jenkins suffered a similar injury to his lat muscles and landed on the disabled list. He made one start with Double-A New Hampshire before going to Toronto, where he made three starts. He was optioned to the Bisons on June 4.

The series continues today (2:15 p.m., Radio 1520 AM) with righty Justin Germano (4-7, 5.71 ERA) scheduled to start for the Bisons.