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T.J. Zeuch pitches no-hitter for Bisons

T.J. Zeuch made history Monday night by throwing the Buffalo Bisons’ first no-hitter since 1997 in a 3-0 victory over the Rochester Red Wings in Frontier Field.

Zeuch (4-2, 3.84) threw 114 pitches, 73 for strikes, and struck out three.  A walk in the bottom of the third and a hit batter in the eighth prevented a perfect game.

The last Bisons pitcher to hurl a nine-inning no-hitter was Bartolo Colon, who pitched one against New Orleans on June 20, 1997. Before Colon, the previous one was a perfect game by Dick Marlowe against Baltimore in 1952.

The 24-year-old Zeuch was a first-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2016. It was his first complete game since June 2, 2018.

The feat was nearly lost with one out in the bottom of the ninth when Rochester’s Ian Miller hit a fly ball into center field that nearly dropped in for a base hit. A diving catch from Jonathan Davis saved the night.

Right after the Bisons drew a collective sigh of relief, Drew Maggi tapped a grounder to Zeuch, who tossed it to first baseman Jordan Patterson for the last out.

Buffalo (65-61) kept pace with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the North Division with the win. The RailRiders downed Pawtucket, 11-1, and still have a two-game lead.

Rochester fell to 63-63 and is four games out of first place.

Andy Burns, Beau Taylor and Santiago Espinal each drove in a run for the Herd.

Espinal got the Bisons on the board first in the fifth inning after he singled to center field and scored Patrick Kivlehan, who had doubled earlier in the inning.

Buffalo widened its lead in the eighth inning. Davis opened the frame hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a single from Socrates Brito. Davis scored on a double from Burns, and Brito scored on the next at-bat on a sacrifice fly from Taylor.

Griffin Jax (1-2) took the loss for the Red Wings. He pitched six innings and struck out seven.

Buffalo and Rochester will continue their series at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday and Toronto's top pick of the 2017 draft, Nate Pearson, is expected to get the start on the mound. The four-game series concludes Thursday.

The Bisons will then return home to open the last homestand of the season on Friday against Pawtucket at Sahlen Field.

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