They took an early lead but the Buffalo Bisons failed to hold it, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Pawtucket Red Sox at Coca-Cola Field Saturday afternoon.
It was the second straight loss for the Herd. Buffalo fell to 1-2 on the home stand and has lost four of its last five games.
Domonic Brown crushed a two-run home run in the first inning to give the Herd the 2-0 lead but that lasted only until the second when Sandy Leon countered with his own two-run homer to tie the game for Pawtucket.
The PawSox took a 4-2 lead in the third thanks to a sacrifice fly by Chris Marrero and an RBI double from Chris Dominguez. Pawtucket added to its lead on an RBI double by Cole Sturgeon in the fourth.
The Herd had a runner in scoring position only once after falling behind, 5-2. That came in the sixth when Andy Burns led off with a double but was stranded at second after a fly out, strike out and ground out.
On the offense: Buffalo came into the game with the worst team batting average in the International League and are hitting a collective .201. Six players in Saturday's lineup are hitting under .200 and the Bisons have not scored more than two runs in their lasts four games. "If you're looking for a silver lining we're 4-6 and not hitting," Bisons manager Gary Allenson said. "I don't think that's going to happen the whole season. ... You're not going to win much when guys are hitting under .200 and scoring two runs a game but it's a long haul. Played 10 games. Have 134 to go. Hopefully they all get hot at the same time."
Hitting streak: Dalton Pompey had a single in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to five games, giving him a hit in every game he has played this season. He is batting .389.
Two-hit performance: Andy Burns went 2 for 4 on Saturday, raising his batting average to .189.
On the mound: Casey Lawrence gave up five runs in five innings of work marking the first time this season the Bisons have allowed more than four runs in a game. Lawrence gave up six hits with two walks, three strike outs and a hit batter. Taking the loss, the righty fell to 0-2.
Not-so-Golden Glove: The Bisons committed two errors in the game. Junior Lake was charged with an error when an easy fly ball fell next to him and Brown on the first batter of the game. Catcher Tony Sanchez was charged with a throwing error in the third. The Herd is 0-3 when they make an error.
The series: The teams opened the season at McCoy Stadium in Rhode Island last week splitting the four games. With Saturday's win, the PawSox have a 3-2 lead in the season series.
Counting the house: There were 7,144 fans at Coca-Cola Field where the game-time temperature was 71 degrees.
Up next: The Bisons close out the homestand with a 1:05 p.m. contest against Pawtucket. Righty Chris Leroux (0-0, 0.00) is scheduled to start for the Herd while lefty Roenis Elias (0-1, 4.91) is scheduled for the PawSox.