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Bisons strike early for 4-3 win


BUFFALO -- The Bisons returned to Coca-Cola Field with a 4-3 victory over the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday night, scoring in each of the first three innings, then holding on for the W.

Dwight Smith Jr. drove a 1-2 offering from Norfolk starter Gabriel Ynoa into the centerfield pavilion area for his second home run of the season in the first inning. He struck again in the second inning as the Bisons once again took advantage of their opponent's errors. With two outs, Smith Jr. lined a single to center to score Jason Leblebijian.

In the third, Alex Monsalve picked up another two-out RBI-hit, singling home Darrel Ceciliani, who was playing in his first game from a week stint on the disabled list.

Murphy Smith earned the win for Buffalo, allowing just a hit over three innings of relief in his first outing of the season. The righty was promoted to the Bisons over the weekend from Double-A New Hampshire.

The Bisons and Tides battle again on Wednesday night with a 6:05 p.m. first pitch from Coca-Cola Field.