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Herd’s offense sparks win over Strasburg, Chiefs

SYRACUSE — The Buffalo Bisons had an offensive burst Wednesday, including scoring three runs off big leaguer Stephen Strasburg, to earn a 8-5 win over the Syracuse Chiefs at NBT Stadium.

The Herd built a 3-0 lead in the second and never trailed in their seventh win in their last eight games, paced by another strong night at the plate from Matt Hague.

Strasburg Rehab: Stephen Strasburg made the first start of his Major League rehabilitation assignment with Syracuse Wednesday. The Washington Nationals right-hander pitched four innings, throwing 64 pitches (44 strikes). He gave up three runs, including one via a bases-loaded balk, on four hits. He struck out five with one walk. Strasburg is returning from his second stint on the disabled list this season. He went on the DL July 5 with an oblique injury after spending four weeks on the DL earlier this season with neck tightness.

Early lead: The Bisons scored three runs against Strasburg in the second inning. Hague and Melky Mesa started the inning with walks, but Strasburg struck out the next two. Munenori Kawasaki then drew a walk to load the bases. That’s when Strasburg was called for a balk, producing the game’s first run. A single by Jonathan Diaz added two more.

About Matt Hague: It almost isn’t news anymore when Hague has a hot offensive night. He went 4 for 5 including two solid hits off Strasburg. His third hit was two-out, two-run single in the fifth while he added an RBI double in the ninth. He had three RBIs, giving him 73 for the season. It was the 18th multi-RBI game this season for Hague.

Roster moves: Felix Doubront was designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. the lefty was 1-3 with a 2.44 earned-run average in nine starts for the Herd. Toronto selected the contract of Doubront on July 3. In four starts (five appearances) for the Blue Jays, Dubront was 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA. He struck out 13 in 22∏ innings pitched.

Records: The Bisons are 55-50. Syracuse is 41-65.

Paid attendance: 6,604.

Up next: The Bisons complete the road trip with a 7:05 Thursday night game against the Chiefs. Lefty Matt Boyd (3-1, 2.77) is scheduled to start for the Herd while the Chiefs’ starter will be righty A.J. Cole (1-5, 4.02). The Bisons then return to Buffalo to host three games with Pawtucket. Randy Wolf (7-1, 2.57) is scheduled to start Friday.