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Bisons end 13-game losing streak against RailRiders

MOOSIC, Pa. -- Break out the champagne. Let's all meet the team bus at the Cheektowaga line. (Remember when Bills fans used to head for the airport after a big win?). Tear down the goal posts. Oops. Wrong sport.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jinx over the Buffalo Bisons is over at last. The Herd ended a 13-game losing string against the New York Yankees' Triple-A farm team with a 3-1 victory Wednesday night at PNC Park.

Lefty T.J. House limited the RailRiders to just one run on their eight hits for six-plus innings and relievers Taylor Cole and Chris Smith finished the job for the Bisons' first win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since a 10-2 victory at PNC Park on April 15. House was on the mound for that one, too.

The Bisons had only four hits, but all four came in the fourth inning when they scored all three of their runs. Jon Berti had a leadoff single, Rowdy Tellez and Raffy Lopez each drove in a run with a double after two were out and Jon Berti singled to send home the final run. Buffalo had only three other base runners in the game, all on walks. The Bisons left four on base, but were 3 for 7 with runners in scoring position. The RailRiders, on the other hand, were 0-8 with RISP.

Bet the House: House made his fourth start against the RailRiders this season, and he hasn't done too badly. House is 2-2 against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and in 24.2 innings allowed 21 hits, nine earned runs, 10 walks and 23 strikeouts with a 3.28 earned-run average.

New man in town: Teoscar Hernandez made his Bisons debut, batting second and starting in right field. Hernandez was acquired from Houston in last week's trade that sent veteran left-hand pitcher Francisco Liriano of the Blue Jays to the Astros. Hernandez may give Buffalo some needed home-run punch. He hit 12 for Fresno of the Pacific Coast League.  Since the All-Star break, Hernandez was batting .339 with eight doubles and four homers for the Grizzlies. The native of the Dominican Republic  batted .230 in 41 games for Houston last season. He's 24 and bats and throws right-handed. Hernandez was 0 for 3 in his debut but did steal a base after drawing a walk in the sixth inning. He also threw out Ji-Man Choi trying to stretch an RBI double into a triple in the second inning.

That man again: International League stole base leader Roemon Fields swiped his 31st of the season in the eighth inning. It was Buffalo's league-leading 109th steal. The Herd has stolen four in the two games of this series so far against RailRiders catcher Eddy Rodriguez, who had thrown out more than 50 percent who attempted to steal before this series. his 21st start of the season for Buffalo.

Yank rehabs: Aaron Hicks, down from the Yankees on a rehab assignment, started in center field for the RailRiders and went 1 for 3 with a first-inning single before Mason Williams took over in the eighth innings. Hicks had been out since June 26 with a right oblique strain. He was batting .290 with 10 home runs for New York when he went down.

Up next: The Bisons and RailRiders will wrap up their 20-game season series at 7:05 p.m. tonight (Radio 1520). Right-hander Caleb Smith (8-0, 2.11 ERA), back with the RailRiders after a brief stint with the parent Yankees (0-1, 7.20), will get the start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against left Lucas Harrell. The Bisons have not been able to touch Smith this season. He is 2-0 against them with no runs and just three hits allowed in 12 innings against them. Smith has struck out 13 against the Herd. Smith has been with the Yankees all the way in his pro career, starting with Staten Island of the New York-Penn League in 2013 out of Sam Houston State in Texas.

Herd home Friday: The Bisons will be back at Coca-Cola Field on Friday night for the opener of a three-game series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.




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