Playoff hopes are fading fast for the Buffalo Bisons.
As the season comes to a close and Buffalo within striking distance of a division title, the Herd dropped its second straight game to the last-place Pawtucket Red Sox.
Buffalo followed up Friday’s 4-2 loss with a 5-2 loss on Saturday.
With Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s loss on Saturday as well, the Bisons remain four games back from the International League North title.
Buffalo will play the most important series of the season when they play the RailRiders next week, but the question is if they’ll still be in contention by then.
T.J. Zeuch took to the mound for Buffalo. He was one start removed from throwing a no-hitter and followed it up with a decent performance.
The Toronto Blue Jays’ first-round pick in 2016 went five innings, allowing two runs and striking out four.
One run was unearned after Bryce Brentz reached first base on a throwing error by third baseman Patrick Kivlehan.
Zeuch was hurt by the long ball, allowing a pair of solo shots.
In the second Bobby Dalbec went deep to right center field and in the fourth Tzu-Wei Lin hit one to the same spot.
Brentz scored in the fourth as well. He crossed home plate as Cole Sturgeon grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Buffalo fought back. Down 3-0, the Bisons scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning.
The Herd rallied off four straight hits to begin the inning. Jonathan Davis’ single gave Buffalo its first run, scoring Jordan Patterson. A double by Socrates Brito drove in Roemon Fields.
Kivlehan ended the run by grounding into a double play. Davis was out at home plate and Kivlehan was out at second base. Beau Taylor flied out to end the inning.
Pawtucket added another run in the sixth off a Sturgeon single and Josh Ockimey homered in the ninth to put the game away.
Buffalo has one more chance against Pawtucket to gain some momentum as they head into the final week of the regular season. The teams will play at 1:05 p.m. today. Nate Pearson will pitch for the Bisons.
After that they’ll play their final four home games against Rochester. The Red Wings beat Buffalo, 20-3, on Thursday.