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Wings HRs send Herd to seventh loss in a row

ROCHESTER – The slumping Buffalo Bisons haven't been scoring a lot. Wednesday afternoon at Frontier Field, they didn't hit a lot either in dropping their seventh game in a row, 3-1 to the Rochester Red Wings before 5,090.

Six Rochester pitchers combined to hold the Bisons to just three hits while all three Red Wings runs came on solo home runs. Mitch Garver led off the fourth with a home to put the Wings in front. Two outs later Niko Goodrum made it 2-0 with a drive over the right-field wall. Zack Granite homered with one out in the Rochester fifth.

All three homers were off Bisons starter Luis Santos, who had given up only six in his first 53 innings this season. Hector Santiago, down from the Minnesota Twins, pitched three innings in a rehab start for the Red Wings. Five pitchers followed Santiago, including former Yankee Phil Hughes, who pitched one 19-pitch inning.

No-hit threat: The Bisons' first hit didn't come until Jake Elmore reached on an infield single to short with one out in the seventh inning against D.J. Baxendale, the fifth Rochester pitcher. Buffalo's run was charged to Baxendale in the eighth when he gave up a line single to right by leadoff batter Roemon Fields. After a fielder's choice play, Trevor Hildenberger replaced Baxendale with one out and gave up an RBI single to Mike Ohlman. That allowed Christian Lopes to score.

Starting woes: It was the fourth straight loss for Santos. The right-hander has had only 26 runs of support from the Bisons in his 11 starts for the Herd. The three homers yielded are the most by any Buffalo pitcher in a game this season. Buffalo has allowed 61 home runs overall, fifth most in the International League.

Stranded: Although they had only three hits, eight Bisons reached base. Five were on walks. Buffalo left seven on base.

Sinking: The Bisons (34-37) fell three games below .500. The three-game series sweep by the Wings led Buffalo with a 3-6 mark against Rochester this season. The Bisons are 4-17 in their last 21 games away from Coca-Cola Field and are 10-23 overall on the road.

Next up: The Bisons move down the Thruway to Syracuse to face the Chiefs tonight in the opener of a four-game series (Radio 1520, 6:35 p.m.). Right-hander Lucas Harrell will start for the Bisons. The Chiefs haven't named their probable starter yet.

 

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