The Buffalo Bisons squandered an opportunity to keep pace in the International League’s North Division Thursday by losing for the second time in three days to the Norfolk Tides.
Norfolk scored three runs with two out in the sixth inning and prevailed, 5-4.
Norfolk, which has the worst record in the IL, improved to 37-61. The Bisons dropped to 52-46 and stand nine games behind first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
LOB: The Bisons left two runners in scoring position in the seventh, one in the eighth and one in the ninth. Buffalo left nine men on base overall.
Starters: Herd starter Chris Leroux gave up runs in each of the first two innings but settled down and had two out with none on in the sixth. But then he gave up back-to-back singles and a two-run double to Francisco Pena. He took the loss, falling to 7-7. Norfolk starter Tyler Wilson, who spent the first three months of the season with Baltimore, yielded two runs in 3 2/3 innings.
Platinum sombrero: Chris Colabello, playing his third game with the Herd, struck out five times. The first two were on questionable calls. On the next two he chased sliders low and away. The last was on a 93 mph fastball. Colabello is on a rehabilitation assignment after serving an 80-game performance-enhancing drug suspension. Meanwhile, Ryan Goins, rehabilitating from a forearm injury with Toronto, went 1 for 5.
Jose on tap: Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista homered in his first at bat and went 1 for 3 playing five innings in his rehab assignment for Dunedin in an 8-5 loss to Charlotte on Wednesday night in Dunedin, Fla. He was scheduled to travel to Buffalo on Thursday. Bautista is coming back from a turf toe injury suffered June 16. He’s due to play for the Bisons in Friday’s 7:05 p.m. game at Coca-Cola Field, barring any setback.
Star Wars Night: Only about 1,000 tickets remained Wednesday for Saturday night’s game, which features the Herd’s annual Star Wars promotion.
Streaks: Christian Walker and Daniel Alvarez both stretched hitting streaks to 10 games for Norfolk.
Counting the house: Paid attendance was 10,153.
Up next: Left-hander Scott Diamond (6-9, 3.62) is scheduled to pitch for the Bisons in the opener of a four-game series with Gwinnett at 7:05 p.m. Thursday.