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Davis homer highlights end of Bisons road trip

Nine of the 10 home runs the Buffalo Bisons hit on their seven-game Southern trip were with the bases empty.

One run was enough, though, Sunday in the Herd's 4-2 victory over the Gwinnett Stripers at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Jonathan Davis led off the eighth inning for Buffalo with a home run to left-center, snapping a 2-2 tie and sending the Bisons to their fifth victory on the road swing. The four-bagger came against Gwinnett reliever Miguel Socolovich.

It was the third home run of the season for Buffalo by Johnson, and it came after 11 of the previous 12 Bisons batters had been retired. The exception was Roemon Fields, who walked with two out in the sixth but was out attempting to steal.

Gwinnett tied the game at 2-2 when Michael Reed led off the Stripers' sixth with his seventh home run. It came against Bisons starter Mike Hauschild, after Hauschild had allowed a single and a two-out walk. Danny Barnes (1-1) took over and was credited with the win. Barnes and relievers Craig Breslow and José Fernández shut out the Stripers the rest of the way.

Points of interest: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was back in the lineup after a rest day Saturday. He singled with one out in the eighth inning and one out and later scored from second on a single by Reese McGuire. ... The Bisons got on the board first with a run in the second when Anthony Alford singled, stole second and came home on Darnell Sweeney's single. McGuire, who had three hits, scored the second Buffalo run on a wild pitch in the fourth.

Noteworthy: Seven different Bisons hit home runs on the trip. Billy McKinney, now up with Toronto, hit three of them. ... Gwinnett won the season series against Buffalo, 4-3. The Bisons have not won the season against the Atlanta Braves affiliate since 2012 and are only 15-22 all-time at Coolray. ... The Stripers continue to struggle at the gate, which was the subject of a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week. Sunday's attendance was 1,667 on a cloudy, 81-degree day in Lawrenceville, about 32 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Next: The Bisons are off today. They will open a three-game series with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Tuesday night. It will be the start of final homestand of the season for the Herd.

 

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