Former major-leaguer Lucas Harrell was brilliant in his Buffalo pitching debut Saturday night and helped the Bisons snap a five-game losing streak.
The 32-year-old Harrell, out since injuring his shoulder in spring training, allowed just two hits in a five-inning outing. The Bisons beat the Pawtucket Red Sox, 3-0, for their first victory on the current road trip.
Harrell retired the last 14 batters he faced and struck out four. It was a much-needed strong start for a Bisons team that had been outscored, 43-8, in its losing skid.
Harrell has a 21-35 career major-league record. He played for Atlanta and Texas last season after spending the 2015 season in Korea. The win was his 36th at the Triple-A level.
The Bisons got two innings of scoreless relief apiece from Mike Bolsinger (2-1) and Leonel Campos, who got his fifth save.
Home runs: Jason Leblebijian hit a solo homer, his eighth, in the seventh. Mike Ohlman hit a two-run homer, his 10th, in the eighth.
Records: The Bisons are 32-28. Pawtucket (29-28) had won 10 straight at home and 13 of its previous 16.
On break: Bisons manager Bobby Meacham was on the fourth day of a mandated vacation, and coach Devon White was calling the shots in his place. The Blue Jays mandate that coaching staff in the organization take a four-day break during the season.
Moves: Toronto sent catcher Alex Monsalve down to Double-A New Hampshire. That made room for Bolsinger, who had been designated for assignment from Toronto 10 days ago.
In the house: Paid attendance on Star Wars Night was 11,959, the second largest crowd in McCoy Stadium history.
Up next: The Bisons and PawSox meet at 1:35 p.m. Sunday in the final game of the series. Marcus Walden (5-2, 2.08) starts against a Herd pitcher to be announced.