Pedro Alvarez and Robert Andino both homered, but the Buffalo Bisons took advantage of some defensive miscues to knock off the Tides 4-3 Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Park.
Álvarez and Andino both hit solo shots in the setback, the third home run for each player this season. Álvarez' homer was his first since a two-homer game on Opening Night, while Andino has now homered in back-to-back games.
Johnny Giavotella doubled in the contest, his league-leading sixth double of the season - a hit that extended his hitting streak to eight games. Paul Janish added an RBI single in the ninth inning, but Norfolk's late rally fell short with the tying run on second base.
Norfolk starter Gabriel Ynoa (0-3) took the loss, allowing three runs - two earned - on seven hits over 4.2 innings of work. He struck out one without walking a batter, but also hit two batters and was victimized by two errors behind him. He threw 55 of his 85 pitches for strikes.
The Bisons added an unearned run in the eight inning thanks to a passed ball and a sacrifice fly.
With the loss, Norfolk dropped to 0-5 away from Harbor Park this season. The setback also snapped the Tides three-game winning streak.
The two teams will continue their three-game set on Wednesday, with first pitch slated for 6:05. Chris Lee (0-1, 9.72) gets the start for Norfolk and will be opposed by RHP Matt Latos.
Notes: Alex Castellanos left the contest with a left leg injury in the seventh inning...Logan Verrett struck out three over 2.1 perfect innings of relief...Norfolk was limited to four hits in the contest, its fewest in a game this season.
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