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RailRiders defeat Bisons, 7-3, to avoid series sweep

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Bisons couldn't complete a sweep of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, falling to the RailRiders, 7-3, in front of a sun-splashed crowd of 10,516 at Coca-Cola Field on Thursday afternoon. With the result, the two teams concluded their 16-game season series with eight wins each. 
The Herd just couldn't get going after getting a first-inning run off RailRiders starter Adonis Rosa. The righty retired 15 of 17 at one point and allowed just one extra-base hit over his 6.1 innings of work. 
With Buffalo's attack at a standstill, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre powered ahead in the middle innings. Zach Zehner doubled home a run in the fourth and Mike Ford came through with a two-out, two-run single as part of a three-run RailRider fifth. The opponents then plated three more hits in the sixth thanks to a couple of Herd fielding errors and an RBI-single from former Bisons backstop, Wilkin Castillo.
The Bisons had a great chance to get back in the game in the eighth inning off the RailRiders bullpen. The first four batters of the frame reached base with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drawing a five-pitch walk to force in Anthony Alford. Two batters later, catcher Alberto Mineo singled home Dwight Smith Jr. with his first career Triple-A knock, a sharp single into right field.
With the bases still loaded and a six-run cushion down to four, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre brought in righty Joe Harvey, who struck out Gunnar Heidt and Michael De La Cruz to end the threat.
Gurriel Jr. drove in the team's first run with a line drive single into left in the first inning. He finished the game 2-4 with an RBI, his second straight multi-hit performance. The Blue Jays infielder is now hitting .417 (5-12) on his MLB injury rehab assignment with the Bisons.
The loss for Buffalo went to Jacob Waguespack, who is now 5-7 in his combined season between the Herd and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings of work.
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