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Bisons fall to RailRiders, 7-3, before large afternoon crowd

The Bisons weren't able to finish a three-game sweep of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in front of afternoon crowd of more than 10,000 on Thursday, falling 7-3.

Bisons designated hitter Lourdes Gurriel Jr., on a rehab assignment from the Blue Jays, had an RBI single in the first inning. But the RailRiders found their groove in the middle innings, scoring seven runs from the fourth to sixth frames.

Zack Zehner kicked off the offensive explosion, scoring the lone run of the fourth inning. Mike Ford hit a two-run single, while Wilkin Castillo, Devyn Bolasky and Ricky Surum each drove in a run with a single as the RailRiders scored three runs apiece in the fourth and fifth.

Buffalo mounted a tiny comeback in the eighth, scoring two runs on a Gurriel walk and an Alberto Mineo single, but had already dug too deep a hole.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Adonis Rosa got the win after allowing one earned run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. Buffalo starter Jacob Waguespack lasted five innings and was on the hook for the first four of the RailRiders' runs.

Point of interest: Vladimir Guerreo Jr. went 2 for 5 with a pair of singles to keep his average steady at .352 through 21 games with the Bisons. He has a hit in five of his last six games.

Noteworthy:  Gurriel has hits in all three games he's played with the Bisons since being assigned to the team Tuesday. ... Dwight Smith Jr. had a double and scored two runs.

Up Next: The Bisons kick off their final home series of the season Friday when they play the Pawtucket Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. Lefty Shawn Morimando (1-4, 6.91) will pitch the first game of the four-game series for the Bisons, while righty Justin Haley (5-8, 3.77) will be on the mound for the PawSox. It is the final Friday night fireworks event of the season.

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