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PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Raul Valdes didn’t make many mistakes in his start against Pawtucket on Saturday, but the ones he did cost the Bisons dearly.

Valdes (3-3) earned the loss, going five innings and allowing two earned runs – both solo home runs – as the Bisons fell, 3-1, to the Red Sox.

Carlos Rivero and Will Middlebrooks were the culprits in taking Valdes yard with home runs in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively.

Buffalo closer Bobby Korecky worked one inning of scoreless relief to lower his season earned-run average to 0.56.

Pawtucket starter Brandon Workman (5-1) had little trouble, allowing just three hits in five innings as the Bisons’ offense put forth another punchless effort.

The team got its lone run in the seventh inning when Ryan Goins doubled Ryan Schimpf home.

The Herd has put up three or fewer runs in seven of its last eight games and has dropped six in a row. Since sweeping a doubleheader against Scranton July 2, the Bisons have dropped 11 of their 14 contests.

The team will look to avoid a four-game sweep today when they close out the series at Pawtucket (1:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM).