PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The Buffalo Bisons fell out of first place in the North Division of the International League Monday night with a 4-3 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox before a Patriots Day crowd of 4,124 in McCoy Stadium.
Pawtucket (11-8, .579) took over the division lead by a half-game over the Herd (9-7, .563) and earned a split of the four-game series between the teams.
All the Bisons’ runs came via the long ball. Steve Tolleson hit a solo shot to left center in the first. After the PawSox had tied it with a run in the second, Dan Johnson hit his fourth homer of the season with Chris Getz on base for a 3-1 Buffalo lead.
Bisons starter Marcus Stroman (1-2) pitched effectively through the fifth, but after getting one out in the sixth, he gave up a soft singles to Bryce Brentz and Garin Cecchini. Rob Rasmussen came on in relief and threw a wild pitch to put both runners in scoring position. Another wild pitch brought home the tying run. A throwing error by catcher Erik Kratz allowed the winning run to score.
After the fourth, the Bisons failed to hit safely in any inning except the eighth. Tolleson walked with one out and Chris Getz and Johnson followed with singles. However, Tolleson was tagged out at the plate for the second out. and Matt Tuiasosopo lined out to center to end the threat.,
Alex Wilson had a four-out save for the Red Sox. Tommy Layne, the second of four Pawtucket pitchers, picked up the win. The Herd had difficulty making contact, striking out 12 times and managing only six hits.
The Bisons move on to Moosic, Pa., to open a series tonight against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (6:35 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Ricky Romero (0-0, 3.60) will start for Buffalo against Brian Gordon (1-1, 2.30).