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Lehigh Valley beats Bisons; Goins joins team for rehab stint

A familiar face was set to return to the Buffalo Bisons on Thursday, but infielder Ryan Goins did not play for the Herd during their 6-1 loss to Lehigh Valley at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.

Goins returned to the Herd on an injury-rehab assignment after being placed on the disabled list July 2 with a forearm strain. He went on the DL a day after pitching an inning of scoreless relief for the Jays during a 19-inning loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Goins hit .250 in 128 games last season with Toronto. In 58 games this season, he’s batting .176 with three home runs.

Goins has played in 214 games with the Bisons over the last three seasons, compiling a .272 average with 33 doubles and 79 RBIs.

Short turnaround: Jesus Montero returned to the Bisons and started at designated hitter one night after going 1 for 4 during the International League’s 4-2 win over the Pacific Coast League at the Triple-A All-Star Game. He went 0 for 2 with two walks Thursday.

Off night: Bisons pitchers matched a season high in yielding 17 hits as Buffalo lost for the eighth time in 12 games. Starter Wilmer Font failed to get out of the fourth inning as he yielded 10 hits and six earned runs in 3∏ innings. It was Font’s second appearance with the Herd. In his last start, he went six innings and allowed two earned runs.

Big knock: J.P. Crawford highlighted a 3-for-5 day by belting a three-run homer during Lehigh Valley’s four-run third inning which gave the IronPigs the lead for good.

The Bisons took a 1-0 lead in the first as Matt Dominguez’s double-play grounder plated Dalton Pompey.

Streak ends: Catcher Tony Sanchez’s run of reaching base ended at 23 straight games as he went 0 for 3.

Attendance: The contest drew a crowd of 9,245.

Next: Game two of the four-game series is at 7 p.m. Friday (Radio 1520). Chris Leroux gets the start for the Herd.