PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Two home runs from Bryce Brentz drove in four runs for Pawtucket as the Red Sox snapped the Buffalo Bisons two-game winning streak with a 5-3 win at McCoy Stadium Wednesday night.
The game continued the trend of the season series as nine of the 13 matchups have been decided by three or fewer runs. The Bisons lead the series, 2-1, with the final meeting Thursday. Pawtucket leads the season series, 7-6.
Buffalo had built a 3-0 lead before the PawSox rallied behind the bat of Brentz.
Latest trends: Since July 30, the Bisons have won 15 of 23 games including 13 of 20 on the road.
Two-out double: Jon Berti gave the Bisons a 2-0 lead in the second with a two-out, two-run double. Rowdy Tellez drew a walk and Jason Leblebijian singled, setting up the runs.
Lopes keeps going: Christian Lopes had an RBI double in the fifth to put the Herd up, 3-0. In the last 12 games he is 12-42 with four doubles and 10 RBIs.
Back-to-back: Murphy Smith gave up his first hits of the game in the fifth, a pair of back-to-back home runs to Brentz and Sam Travis. That cut the Herd’s lead to 3-2.
Brentz launches again: Brentz hit a three-run home run in the sixth, his 30th homer of the year, to give Pawtucket a 5-3 lead.
Jansen remains hot: Danny Jansen singled in the fourth and went 1 for 4 in the game. In his 12 games with the Herd, he’s hitting .454 (20 for 44) with seen multi-hit games.
Low on hits: The Bisons had just six total hits in the game with no one notching a multi-hit night. The Herd went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. Pawtucket also managed just six hits with Brentz the only player with a multi-hit game.
No-decision: Smith pitched a solid start, giving up two runs on four hits in five innings of work. He issued no walks and racked up no strike outs.
Taking the loss: Chad Girodo fell to 1-4 pitching just ∑ of an inning. Girodo came into the game to start the sixth inning. After getting one out he gave up a single and a walk before leaving the game. Mike Bolsinger entered, giving up the three-run homer to Brentz. The two inherited runners were runs charged to Girodo, which proved to be the winning runs. Bolsinger was tagged with his first blown save.
Getting the win: Carson Smith picked up the win for Pawtucket, his first of the season. Smith pitched one inning, the sixth, and gave up one hit with one strike out. Austin Maddox recorded his fifth save of the year, setting the Herd down in order in the ninth.
Up next: The series concludes at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at McCoy Stadium. Buffalo is scheduled to start lefty Brett Anderson with Pawtucket starting lefty Jalen Beeks. The Herd then travels to Rochester for a three-game series with the Red Wings at Frontier Field. The scheduled rotation for the Bisons is Luis Santos (Friday, 7:05 p.m.), Brett Oberholtzer (6:05 p.m., Saturday), and Joe Biagini (Sunday, 1:05 p.m.).
The Bisons return to Coca-Cola Field for their final homestand of the season, hosting the PawSox Monday through Thursday with all games at 7:05 p.m. Aug. 30 will be the team’s 30th anniversary celebration of the downtown ballpark, and Celery’s last race, while Aug. 31 will be Fan Appreciation Night with the largest firework show of the season.
The Bisons close out the season with four games in Syracuse Sept. 1-4.