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Bisons struggle with IronPigs' Anderson in series opener

The Buffalo Bisons struggled to best Lehigh Valley pitcher Drew Anderson, who didn’t give up a hit until the fifth inning, in an 8-3 home loss to the IronPigs on Friday.

The Bisons never led, as they went down 5-0 before scoring a pair in the bottom of the seventh inning. The IronPigs ended any hopes of a comeback by adding three runs in the top of the ninth.

Dwight Smith Jr. had a chance to give the Bisons a lead with the bases loaded down 5-2 in the eighth, but his fly ball was caught by left fielder Danny Ortiz to end the inning.

Buffalo has lost four straight games, including three against the Pawtucket Red Sox. The Herd dropped to 34-33.

Noteworthy: Outfielder Steve Pearce’s rehab assignment with the Bisons ended at four games. He was activated by the Blue Jays Friday night, while Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was optioned to the Herd in a corresponding move. Pearce earned four hits in 11 at-bats and knocked in three RBIs.

Point of interest: Bisons left fielder Anthony Alford was the biggest bright spot for Buffalo. He went 3 for 3 with two doubles and a triple while scoring a pair of runs and knocking in an RBI.

Up Next: Righty Taylor Guerrieri (1-1, 4.74) will go for the Bisons Saturday in the second game of the four-game series with the IronPigs. He’ll be facing righty Tom Eshelman (1-6, 7.09), who hasn’t earned a win since April 13. Steve Hytner, who played Kenny Bania on Seinfeld, will be on hand at Coca-Cola Field signing autographs from 6-7 p.m. First pitch is 6:05.

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