A four-run ninth inning gave the Pawtucket Red Sox a 7-4 win over the Buffalo Bisons at Coca-Cola Field Sunday afternoon. It was the third straight loss for the Herd which went 1-3 during its opening homestand.
The Bisons took a 4-3 lead in the eighth on a two-run home run from Matt Dominguez.
But the Herd failed to hold the lead. Reliever David Aardsma gave up a double, single and a walk to load the bases with no outs. A sacrifice to deep center field from Chris Marrero drove in a run, tying the game, 4-4.
Aardsma struck out Mike Miller but Sean Coyle's hit up the middle was just out of the reach of short stop Andy Burns and Pawtucket plated two more runs for a 6-4 lead. An RBI single from Deven Marrero off new Bison reliever Patrick McCoy extended the PawSox advantage to 7-4.
The Herd went down in order in the ninth.
Early offense: Pawtucket took a 1-0 lead in the first. Deven Marrero led off with a single then moved around on a stolen base and fly out before scoring on a sacrifice to left from Sam Travis. The Bisons responded in the bottom of the inning when Dalton Pompey drew a leadoff walk, stole second and then scored on a two-out single from Jesus Montero.
Lead back: The PawSox regained the lead in the second when Marrero doubled in Chris Dominguez for a 2-1 advantage.
Bases loaded: The Bisons loaded the bases in the third with a walk drawn by David Adams then back-to-back singles from Dalton Pompey and Andy Burns. But Domonic Brown's fielder's choice was softly hit to the third baseman who went home for the force out. It then looked as if the Herd would get nothing out of the baserunners when Jesus Montero hit a routine double-play ball, but Pawtucket only got the force at second as the throw to first was wide of the bag. That allowed Pompey to score and tie the game, 2-2.
Bases loaded II: Pawtucket loaded the bases in the fourth with two outs thanks to two singles and a walk but Chris Leroux struck out Blake Swihart looking to keep the game tied, 2-2.
Regaining the lead: An RBI single from Rusney Castillo in the sixth gave the Pawtucket Red Sox a 3-2 lead. The outfielder had two hits, a walk and reach by a hit-by-pitch in the first inning.
Stealing bases: The PawSox swiped four bases Sunday afternoon. The last time a team stole four bases against the Bisons was Aug. 8, 2015 at the Gwinnett Braves.
Hitting streak continues: With a single to center in the third, Dalton Pompey extended his hitting streak to six games. Pompey had two hits, two walks and a stolen base but made a base-running error in the seventh. He jogged into second base, apparently thinking the count was 3-2 on Andy Burns. It was only 2-2. He was easily thrown out.
Jimenz Returns: During his post-game comments, manager Gary Allenson said that cather AJ Jimenez is set to join the team in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Counting the house: There were 9,396 at Coca-Cola Field Sunday afternoon. Warm temperatures lured fans out to the ballpark for the season-opening homestand as attendance for the first four games was 36,145. Last year, the Herd pulled in 35,972 through their first six games.
Up next: The Bisons begin a seven-game road trip. They open a four-game series at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday with righty Drew Hutchison scheduled to start for the Herd. The Bisons then play three at Rochester April 22-24 and return home April 26.