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Gwinnett extends mastery over Herd in series opener

Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga., is a house of horrors for the Buffalo Bisons and the home team, the Gwinnett Braves continued to haunt the Herd.

The Bisons’ record against the G-Braves fell to 2-16 the last two seasons and 0-5 in 2016 after Tuesday night’s 8-4 loss in the opener of a three-game series.

The Herd, 2-6 at Coolray the last two seasons, left 13 runners on base in the loss.

Long-ball victims: Emilio Bonifacio snapped a 2-2 tie in the second inning with a three-run homer off Bisons starter Mike Bolsinger (1-3). The Braves added to their advantage with a two-run blast by Mel Rojas Jr., in the bottom of the third. Bolsinger was touched for seven runs (six earned) in just 2.2 innings before the bullpen restored some order.

Hail, Jesus: Bisons designated hitter Jesus Montero doubled to drive home two runs in the first inning giving the Buffalo a short-lived lead. That extended Montero’s hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active streak in the International League.

Another streaker: After two games off, Casey Kotchman stretched his hit streak to 10 games with a solo home run that made it 7-3 in the fourth inning. It was his eighth of the season. Andy Burns drove in the other Buffalo run with a seventh-inning single.

Rojas is cooking: Gwinnett’s Rojas Jr. had two of his team’s hits, a double and his ninth home run of the season.

Next up: Right-hander Casey Lawrence (4-4, 3.65) will get the start for the Bisons against right-hander Matt Wisler (2-1, 3.71) in the second game of the three-game series Wednesday night (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.). The teams will wrap up their season series Thursday night, and the Bisons will come home to open a four-game set with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Friday night at 7:05 p.m.

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