ROCHESTER — After winning two games the last two nights on late-inning rallies, the Buffalo Bisons’ luck ran out on Saturday.
Buffalo scored twice in the ninth inning but fell, 6-5, to the Rochester Red Wings before 7,211 at Frontier Field.
The Herd had Andy LaRoche, who hit a game-winning three-run home run on Friday night, at the plate with the bases loaded with two outs. LaRoche lined out to centerfield to end the game.
With the loss, the Bisons are officially eliminated from the International League playoffs. The defeat dropped the Herd four games behind Norfolk with just a pair of games in Syracuse left in the season.
Rochester remains in the hunt for a postseason bid. The Red Wings host Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight at 6:05 and Monday at 1:05 p.m.
Jim Negrych and Mauro Gomez combined for four of the Herd’s nine hits. One of Negrych’s hits was a single up the middle in the ninth inning to make it a 6-4 game. Gomez followed with a hit to drive in another run, his team-leading 72nd RBI of the season. An error put runners at second third and an intentional walk filled the bases before LaRoche batted.
Bisons starter Drew Hutchison (0-3) took the loss. He lasted 3∏ innings, giving up seven hits with five strikeouts and three earned runs. Buffalo used a passed ball and a ground out to build a 2-0 lead early before Rochester scored six straight on Hutchison and reliever Joel Carreno.
Rochester starter P.J. Walters (7-5) got the win as he scattered five hits over six innings. After giving up the two runs in the second inning, he settled down.
The Bisons finished with a 9-7 record against the Red Wings, their fourth consecutive season-series victory over Rochester.
The Herd closes the season at Syracuse with games today and Monday. Ricky Romero (4-8, 5.88) is the Herd’s scheduled starter at Syracuse today (Radio 1520, 6:30 p.m.)