Duda & Mejia join Mets after loss

The Bisons have been a comeback team all season. With only seven games left in the 2010 regular season, the Herd will have to show that same moxie if they want to keep playing past Labor Day.

With only a week left, the Bisons are now down four games in the race for the International League Wild Card race following a 6-4 defeat to Syracuse on Tuesday night in front of 14,118 at Coca-Cola Field.

The Bisons have lost four straight, while Columbus has now leap-frogged Louisville for the lead in the IL West. The Herd now trails the Bats, not the Clippers, for the final post season spot.

Buffalo had early leads of 3-0 and 4-2 thanks to the long ball. Nick Evans launched a missile three-run homer in the first inning. Justin Turner followed with a solo shot in the third inning after the Chiefs had closed to within 3-2.

But Syracuse kept coming, scoring a run in the fifth inning before taking a 5-4 lead with two runs in the top of the sixth. Seth Bynum tied it with a two-out RBI-double. Carlos Maldonado gave the Chiefs the lead when he singled home Bynum.

The game wasn’t without a little controversy. With Buffalo holding onto the 4-3 lead and one out in the fifth inning, Turner singled to right field and Jesus Feliciano tried to go first to third on the play. Feliciano was initially called safe, but after Chiefs manager Trent Jewett came out to argue the call, the three-man umpiring crew gathered and reversed the call on the base paths.

That brought on the ire of Herd skipper Ken Oberkfell, who raced out to argue on his team’s behalf. However, the call remained and instead of runners on first and third and one out with Lucas Duda at the plate, the Bisons slugger hit with just one runner on and two out.

On the hill, Fernando Nieve suffered the loss, his first losing decision in 11 career starts with the Bisons. The righty allowed five runs on 10 hits in six innings of work.

BISONS NOTES:In his second game back from a knee injury, Justin Turner went 3-3 with two runs scored, a double and a home run…Lucas Duda also finished the game with three hits, going 3-4 with a double and a runs scored…Following the game the Mets promoted Lucas Duda and Jenrry Mejia to New York.

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