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Slow start leads to Bisons’ loss in Rochester

The Buffalo Bisons knew they were going to be in for a tough night right at the start of Friday’s game with the Red Wings in Rochester.

The Bisons gave up four runs in the bottom of the first inning. That set a tone for an 8-3 loss in Frontier Field.

Buffalo fell to 7-9 on the season, while Rochester improved to 6-9. The teams are in the midst of playing six straight games against each other.

The big hit in that inning came from Adam Walker, as the Red Wings’ left fielder launched a homer with one on base and two outs.

Still hot: Jesus Montero had two of the Bisons’ seven hits. He now has gotten a hit in eight straight games.

Also hot: Matt Dominguez was only 1 for 4 on Friday, but the hit was a two-run homer in the eighth inning. He’s now 12 for 23 in his last six games.

Settle down: Herd starter Chris Leroux (0-1) recovered from a tough start to blank Rochester over the following four innings. He did give up two more runs in the sixth. Bobby Korecky came on in the seventh and finished up. The relief pitcher allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings.

Pretty clean: Logan Darnell (1-2) had a relatively easy time for the Red Wings. He worked six innings, and allowed one run on four hits. Three Rochester pitchers finished up.

Saturday’s matchup: Two pitchers without a decision square off in an afternoon game (1:30 p.m., Radio 1520 AM, TWCSN). Dustin Antolin goes for Buffalo. He’s pitched eight innings over five games this season. Tyler Duffey will go for the Red Wings. Duffey comes into the game with a 1.72 earned-run average, but he’s had some tough luck in not picking up a decision.