The Bisons lost their third straight game to Syracuse on Sunday afternoon, 5-2, at Coca-Cola Field when the Chiefs took off in the fourth inning for a trio of runs.
Syracuse got on the board in the fourth with two consecutive doubles from Chris Helsey and Clint Robinson. Bringing Robinson home was Neftali Soto with an RBI single to left field. Capping off the big inning was Alejandro De Aza with a line drive single to centerfield, plating Soto and giving the Chiefs a 3-0 advantage to cruise to the win with.
The Chiefs added two more runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Irving Falu singled on a grounder to center to score Emmanuel Burris in the fifth and Soto batted a solo home run to left field in the sixth. Soto's homer was his third of the season.
The Herd brought in a couple of runs in the fifth frame. With Roemon Fields on first after a single to left field, Jonathan Diaz gave the Bisons their first score of the afternoon on a 0-2 pitch against A.J. Cole (W, 4-2) when he batted a single to right field. Rowdy Tellez later drilled his first hit of the series to left field, scoring Diaz and trimming Buffalo's deficit to a 4-2 margin.
Blue Jays RHP Aaron Sanchez (L, 0-1) made an MLB rehab start for the Herd. Given a cap of 75 pitches, the righty went for 4.1 innings before getting pulled from the game. Sanchez allowed four runs, five hits, three walks, and fanned four batters on the afternoon.
Sanchez commented about his effort post-game saying, "Everything's been good. Just [wanted] to get to my pitch count and make sure I was doing the things I needed to do."
Murphy Smith came in relief for the Bisons, giving 3.2 innings of work. Smith gave up the solo homer by Soto and three hits in that span. Chris Smith gave the Herd a scoreless inning of relief to close out the game.
Buffalo closes out their home stand with Syracuse on Monday at 6:05 p.m. The game will be the last one at home before the Triple-A All-Star game on July 12. Righty Mike Bolsinger (3-2, 1.60 ERA) will get the start for the Herd and Erik Fedde (1-0, 3.86 ERA) will man the mound for the Chiefs.