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Loss drops Yanks into tie for 1st place

SWB falls to Buffalo, while Syracuse wins 8th straight to grab share of North lead.

MOOSIC — For the first time in more than two weeks, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is sharing first place in the North Division of the International League.

Brad Snyder had two extra-base hits, including a solo home run, to lead Buffalo to a 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night at PNC Field.

The loss dropped Scranton Wilkes-Barre (13-7) into a tie with red-hot Syracuse (13-7). The Chiefs posted their eighth straight victory with a 13-6 romp over Lehigh Valley.

It was a frustrating loss for the Yankees, who wound up stranding 13 baserunners.

“We left too many men on base,” said Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Dave Miley. “That’s the whole story. Buffalo was able to get some big hits, and we weren’t.”

Perhaps the turning point occurred in the seventh, when the Yankees had the bases loaded with nobody out and managed to score just one run.

“We had a great opportunity in the seventh, but didn’t take advantage of it,” Miley said.

The Yankees got a solid effort from starter Jeff Marquez, who gave up two runs on four hits in five innings of work. He struck out three.

“Marquez pitched OK,” Miley said. “He should have gotten the win, but we just couldn’t score runs.”

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre drew first blood, taking a 1-0 lead on Nick Green’s solo home run in the first inning.

Buffalo drew even at 1-1 in the top of the third. Snyder doubled to right-center field, and later scored on an RBI single by Wyatt Toregas.

Snyder slammed a solo home run in the top of the fifth, giving the Bisons a 2-1 lead. Buffalo extended the margin to 3-1 on Aaron Herr’s lead-off home run in the seventh off Yankee reliever Jonathan Albaladejo.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre drew to within 3-2 in the seventh inning, but could not capitalize on a golden opportunity to tie the game or take the lead.

Buffalo reliever Jeff Harris walked the first three hitters, bringing up Yankee slugger Shelley Duncan with the bases loaded.

Duncan hit a sacrifice fly to left-center, easily scoring Brett Gardner from third base. However, Jason Lane flied out and Greg Porter hit a liner to the pitcher to end the inning.

Buffalo tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre reliever Scott Patterson.

Former Red Baron Danny Sandoval led off with a single, and stole second with one out. Jordan Brown followed with a double off the right-field fence that brought home Sandoval.

The Yankees mounted a threat in the bottom of the ninth by putting runners on first and second with two outs. But Porter struck out to end the game.

Green, Juan Miranda and Eric Duncan each had two hits to pace the Yankees.

LOOKING AHEAD

NEXT GAME: 7 p.m. today vs. Buffalo

PITCHERS: Yankees Kei Igawa (LHP, 2-2, 2.49 ERA) vs. the Bisons Matt Ginter (RHP, 0-2, 7.20 ERA).

RADIO: THE GAME: 1280-AM, 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 1580-AM. With Mike Vander Wood.

ON DECK: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s homestand against the Bisons continues through Friday. The Yanks open a two-game series at Syracuse on Saturday.

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