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Bisons come up short again against RailRiders

A five-run seventh inning wasn’t enough for the Bisons to catch Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, as they lost for the fourth consecutive game to the RailRiders, 9-6.

The teams played two games in Buffalo and two in Moosic, Pa.

Clint Frazier homered to left field in the first inning to give the RailRiders a 1-0 advantage. They added onto that lead in the third, when Wilkin Castillo and Frazier hit back-to-back home runs. Frazier’s was a three-run shot and boosted the lead to 5-1.

The Bisons got one back in the fourth, thanks to a single from Jason Leblebijian that scored Shane Robinson. But the RailRiders responded right away, adding three more runs in the fifth and another in the sixth.

The Bisons' seventh-inning comeback attempt started with a two-run double by Richard Urena. Dwight Smith Jr. then hit a double to bring in Urena, and Danny Jansen hit a two-run home run. A strikeout by Anthony Alford ended the inning and the Bisons' hopes of a comeback.

Noteworthy: Former major leaguers Brandon Cumpton and Zach Stewart each pitched in relief for the Bisons on the same day they signed minor league contracts with the Toronto Blue Jays. Cumpton most recently played for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the independent Atlantic League. He last played in the big leagues in 2014 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Stewart last pitched for the New Britain Bees, also in the Atlantic League, and was in the majors with the Boston Red Sox in 2012.

Points of interest: Nick Tepesch started the game on the mound for the Bisons, allowing a season-high 11 hits in 4.1 innings. He made his fifth consecutive start after beginning the season as a reliever and remains in search of his first Triple-A victory of the season … The Bisons were swept for the first time since May 10-12, when they lost three games to Lehigh Valley. ... Outfielder Roemon Fields'  hitting streak that began June 22 was snapped at 10 games after he went 0-for-5.

Next: The Bisons return home Friday for a three-game series against the Syracuse Chiefs (7:05 p.m., 1520) before they have three days off for the All-Star break. It will be right-hander Phillips Valdez (3-4, 3.68) on the mound for the Chiefs against Sean Reid-Foley (4-2, 4.04).

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