PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Buffalo Bisons were on both ends of a pair of seven-inning pitching gems Tuesday night at McCoy Stadium. After Brian Johnson, Pawtucket’s 24-year-old left-hander, stopped Buffalo’s winning streak at six games, shutting out the Bisons, 1-0, on just two hits in the opener, Bisons right-hander Scott Copeland went the distance on a four-hitter to win the nightcap, 3-1.
Johnson, a product of the University of Florida, struck out five and walked one, retiring the last 12 batters in order.
Copeland struck out six and walked one to give Buffalo the split.
Mr. Consistency: Copeland (2-0, 0.90 ERA) has struck out six batters in each of his three starts, allowing just two earned runs in 21 innings.
Clutch hitting: Buffalo and Copeland trailed, 1-0, in the nightcap before two-out singles by Chris Dickerson and Andy Wilkins drove in fifth inning runs and an error by Deven Marrero led in another in the fifth inning.
Hard-luck loser: Veteran left-hander Andrew Albers of the Bisons pitched a no-hitter for six innings but the two hits he allowed in the seventh produced a walk-off win for the Red Sox in the first game. Matt Spring ended it with a single to center, scoring pinch-runner Quintin Berry.
Out at home: The Bisons threatened twice against Johnson but came away with nothing thanks to Jackie Bradley Jr. In the second inning, the Pawtucket center fielder backed up the play on an error by left-fielder Sean Bianchi, relayed to shortstop Marrero, whose throw to the plate nailed Sean Ochinko trying to score from second. In the third, Bradley had an unassisted double play to end another Bisons threat.
Next up: Randy Wolf (2-0, 0.90) will start for the Herd in the finale of the three-game series Wednesday (Radio 1520, noon). Steven Wright (0-0, 5.40) will go for Pawtucket.