(bisons.com)-Infielder Ryan Goins hit a line drive to center field, but the ball was caught on a dive by Scranton center fielder Thomas Neal to end game two of a doubleheader Tuesday.
That play summed up the night for the Bisons as they only got two runs off a home run from Mauro Gomez in game two and failed to rally late in game one, losing 6-5 as Buffalo was Tuesday night at PNC Field.
The Rail Riders jumped on Bisons starter Todd Redmond in the third inning, scoring five runs on five hits.
Addison Maruszak started off the surge with a single to left field. Two batters later, Thomas Neal singled to right and the ball deflected off of second baseman Eugenio Velez's glove, which allowed Maruszak to score.
Redmond gave up another single to Zoilo Almonte, this time it scored two runs to increase Scranton's lead by three.
With two outs, more damage came to the Herd as Dan Johnson hit a two-run homer to right field to put the home team up 5-0 early.
Mauro Gomez hit a two-run home run, his 17th of the season, in the fourth inning and the Bisons got on the board trailing by three, 5-2.
Redmond lasted four innings on the night, allowing five hits and five runs while striking out seven batters. He got his first loss of the season with the Bisons and dropped to 1-1 on the year.
Thad Weber came in relief of Redmond in the fifth inning. The right-hander threw 1.2 innings, allowing two hits, one earned run and striking out one for the Herd.
Scranton added to its 5-2 lead in the sixth with a sacrifice fly from Cody Grice that scored Dan Johnson from third to put Scranton up by four heading into the final inning of the night.
The Bisons scored first in game one thanks to a two-out double by left fielder Ricardo Nanita, which scored Luis Jimenez and Anthony Gose who singled and walked, respectively.
Gose gave the Bisons a 3-0 lead in the second with a single to right field that scored Goins from second base.
Melky Mesa hit his team-leading ninth home run in the bottom of the second to pull the Rail Riders within two runs of the Herd.
Bisons starter Chad Jenkins gave up four-straight hits as the Rail Riders took the lead back from Buffalo 4-3 in the third inning.
Jenkins lasted 4.2 innings in his second start for the Herd. The 6-foot-3 right-hander allowed 10 hits and six earned runs with one strikeout and no walks.
Thomas Neal started off the three-run third for Scranton with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Alberto Gonzalez and sneak back within one run of the Bisons. Two batters later, Ronnier Musteller hit a two-RBI double to the left field wall to give Scranton a 4-3 lead after being down 3-0.
Scranton added two more runs in the fifth to go ahead 6-3. Neal led off with a single and three batters later clean-up hitter Dan Johnson hit a two-run shot to right field.
Right fielder Moises Sierra pulled the Herd within one run in the seventh inning with a two-run home run, his sixth homer of the season.
Nanita then singled to left to put the tying runner aboard and Ryan Langerhans walked. Catcher Sean Ochinko hit a line drive single to right, but then Goins grounded into a force out and the Rail Riders got Ochinko out at second base to end game one and take game three of the series from the Bisons.
Nanita and Sierra each had two RBI's. Sierra went 3-for-4 with a run scored and Nanita went 2-for-4. Luis Jimenez led the Bisons with two of the five runs scored for the Bisons