ROCHESTER — The Buffalo Bisons’ season-opening three-game winning streak came to an end Sunday afternoon as the Rochester Red Wings scored early and often for a 14-5 win at Frontier Field.
Rochester scored five runs in the first inning, all off starter Tyson Brummett, who had just been promoted from Double-A New Hampshire. Four of those runs were earned. He lasted one-third of an inning and was tagged with the loss. Brummett was promoted to fill David Bush’s roster spot after Bush was promoted to Toronto on Saturday.
The Herd got a pair back in the second when Eugenio Velez and Jim Negrych hit back-to-back solo home runs, cutting the lead to 5-2. But the Red Wings put another five runs on the board in the second for a commanding 10-2 lead.
Andy LaRoche added solo home runs in the fourth and fifth innings for the Herd. LaRoche finished the two-game weekend series with five hits and three home runs in nine at-bats. Negrych also hit his first double of the season and scored two runs.
It was the first loss of the season for the Herd (3-1). The win kept the Red Wings (1-3) from their first 0-4 start since the 1978 season.
The Bisons open a seven-game homestand tonight (6:05, TWCS, Radio 1520 AM) when they host Syracuse in Coca-Cola Field. The Herd has not listed a starter for tonight’s game but the Chiefs are scheduled to start left-hander Danny Rosenbaum.