It was another loss for the Buffalo Bisons, this time in extra innings, as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored twice in the 11th inning for a 4-3 win in Moosic, Pa., Thursday afternoon.
The road woes in particular continued with the loss. The Bisons are 11-29 on the road this season.
Rehab RBI: Dalton Pompey made his third start with the Bisons on his second Major League rehabilitation assignment and promptly started with an RBI double in the first inning. He went 1 for 4 with a strike out.
Extending the lead: The Bisons took a 2-0 lead in the seventh when Roemon Fields singled to center field.
Giving up the lead: Scranton got back in the game with runs in the late innings. The RailRiders got on the board in the eighth on an RBI single from Billy McKinney. Scranton tied the game in the ninth on a line drive single from Mark Payton.
Extra innings: The Herd took a 3-2 lead in the 11th when Dwight Smith Jr. led off with a double then scored on a single by Gregorio Petit.
Winning runs: Reliever Murphy Smith took the mound in the bottom of the 11th and got a strike out to start. Then he gave up a single to Jonathan Diaz, who was traded by the Blue Jays to the New York Yankees organization on Wednesday. Jake Cave reached on fielder error by Jason Leblebijian, who was playing first base, and both runners advanced. Smith then intentionally walked Mark Payton to load the bases with one out. A single from Miguel Andujar to center field scored both Diaz and Cave to end the game.
Taxing the bullpen: the Bisons used five pitchers on Thursday with starter Cesar Valdez pitching seven scoreless innings. Matt Dermody gave up one run in the eighth while Chris Smith blew the save in the ninth, charged with the game-tying run. J.P. Howell gave up one hit in the 10th before Murphy Smith took the loss giving up two runs in the 11th.
About Howell: Thursday marked the beginning of Howell's MLB rehab assignment with Buffalo. The lefty was placed on 10-day disabled list on June 5 (retroactive to June 3) with shoulder soreness. He spent the last four season playing for the Dodgers, making 64 appearances 2016.
Up next: The Bisons open a three-game series against the Red Sox in Pawtucket at 7:05 p.m. Friday with righty Luis Santos scheduled to start for the Herd against righty Kyle Kendrick. The series runs Saturday (6:05 p.m.) and Sunday (1:35 p.m.) before the league breaks for the Triple-A All-Star Game.