Bisons Drop Sixth Straight, 3-1 to Pawtucket

( second half has not been the better half for the Bisons.

Buffalo dropped their third straight since last week's All-Star break, coming up on the short side of a 3-1 decision to the Red Sox at McCoy Stadium on Saturday night. The Bisons have now lost six straight overall, falling to 48-51 on the season.

Buffalo's bats were silent again as the club collected just five hits in the contest. The only inning they produced more than one knock was the seventh, when Ryan Schimpf and Ryan Goins each doubled to score the team's lone tally. The Herd has now scored three runs or less in each of the six games on this losing streak.

Raul Valdes started for the Bisons and kept Pawtucket scoreless until the fourth. Pawtucket's Carlos Rivero won a seven-pitch battle with the southpaw when he lifted his third homer of the season beyond the wall in right field.

After being robbed of a home run on Friday night, Will Middlebrooks got one past Kevin Pillar with a solo home run in the fifth that increased Pawtucket's lead. The PawSox then scored for a third consecutive inning in the sixth when Deven Marrero lofted a shallow fly that fell in front of the Bisons centerfielder to score Rivero.

Just optioned from Toronto, Chad Jenkins pitched an inning of scoreless relief. The righty allowed a hit and a walk while picking up a strikeout in his first action with the team since early June.

The Bisons look to avoid the sweep on Sunday afternoon with a 1:07 p.m. first pitch from Rhode Island.


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