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Bisons wrap up homestand with third straight win

The Buffalo Bisons held Pawtucket to one run for the third straight game en route to an 8-1 victory Thursday afternoon.

Rowdy Tellez got the party started in the bottom of the third, hitting a two-run home run to give the Bisons a 2-0 lead. A fielding error by Ivan De Jesus Jr. brought in Michael De La Cruz in the fifth, and then a live drive by Anthony Alford allowed Roemon Fields and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to score.

Richard Urena kept the scoring alive in the fifth, sending a single to Red Sox’s Rusney Castillo to bring in Alford. The Bisons led 6-0 at the end of the fifth inning.

The Red Sox added its first and only run of the game in the top of the sixth thanks to a single for De Jesus. The Bisons scored two more runs in the eighth to seal the deal.

On the mound, Jon Harris pitched six innings for the Bisons to get the win, while Al Alburquerque, Rhiner Cruz and Jose Fernandez each put in one inning of relief work.

Points of interest

Harris made his Triple-A debut Thursday. The pitcher had four strikeouts, no walks and one run in six innings of work. Harris was the Blue Jays’ first-round pick in the 2015 draft and has spent the past two seasons with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Noteworthy

This was the last game of the Bisons' seven-game home stretch. They lost the first three, two to Lehigh Valley and one to Pawtucket, before rebounding to take the last three over Pawtucket. One game was postponed due to weather. … The Bisons are now 5.5 games behind the Iron Pigs in the International League North but hold a two-game lead over the Red Sox.

Next:

The Bisons head east to visit the Syracuse Chiefs for a three-game series beginning at 7:05 p.m. Friday. It will be right-hander Murphy Smith (0-4, 6.57) on the mound for the Bisons to start the series.

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