The Buffalo Bisons’ three-game winning streak came to an end Saturday afternoon with a 7-4 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox at Coca-Cola Field.
The Bisons took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning, taking advantage of fielding errors by first baseman Sam Travis and third baseman Chris Dominguez to score twice.
Pawtucket used a three-run sixth to regain the lead and take control of the game. With two outs, starter Scott Diamond gave up back-to-back singles then loaded the bases with a walk. Reliever David Aardsma walked in the tying run then gave up a two-run double to Sam Travis.
Home run: Jesus Montero hit an opposite-field solo shot to right field with one out in the eighth inning. It was Montero’s fourth home run and 22nd RBI of the season.
Prospect watch: Sam Travis, ranked as the seventh-best prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization by MLB.com, drove in two runs for Pawtucket going 2 for 5. Bryce Brentz, ranked 30th, had a hit and scored a run in the seventh.
The century mark: For the first time this season, Diamond threw more than 100 pitches. He tossed 105 in his 5 2/3 innings of work. He issued three walks with two strikeouts and fell to 3-4.
Bisons Manager Gary Allenson on Diamond: “He wasn’t as sharp as he’s been. That’s probably his roughest outing right there. With two walks in the first inning, I had to look up the stat, he had seven in 49 innings. I don’t know if he was just missing or wasn’t getting the corners. You’re not going to pitch great the whole year. He left with a 3-2 lead but we couldn’t stop the bleeding.”
Blue Jays Weekend: The annual Blue Jays weekend at Coca-Cola Field continues Sunday with the first 3,000 fans through the Swan Street entrance receiving a Blue Jays pennant. Former Blue Jays Jesse Barfield and Devon White will sign autographs from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Counting the house: There were 8,656 fans at the downtown Buffalo ballpark with the majority sporting Toronto Blue Jays jerseys.
Up next: The Bisons close out the homestand at 1:05 p.m. Sunday with lefty Wade LeBlanc (4-1, 1.64) scheduled to start for Buffalo against righty William Cuevas (4-1, 3.35).