LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- The Gwinnett Braves (26-36) came out swinging on Thursday night, roughing up Rochester Red Wings' (28-33) starter Vance Worley and coasting to an 11-3 victory at Coolray Field. Stefan Gartrell went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, and Joey Terdoslavich added three RBI on 2-for-4 hitting as Gwinnett snapped a three-game losing streak.
Worley (L, 1-2), who started on Opening Day for the Minnesota Twins, was tagged for seven runs, two earned on eight hits in 3.0 innings. His opponent, Gwinnett starter Omar Poveda (W, 4-3) utilized the offensive outburst and held the Red Wings to three runs over 6.0 strong innings.
Offensively, both teams got off to hot starts, each scoring two runs in the first inning. In the top half of the frame, the Red Wings took advantage of three walks and two hits to score twice. Oswaldo Arcia drove in the first on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, and Eric Farris singled home the other run, giving Rochester a 2-0 lead.
The G-Braves answered with three two-out singles to even it up in the bottom of the first. Tyler Pastornicky and Ernesto Mejia each singled, putting runners on the corners. After a stolen base by Mejia, Terdoslavich delivered a game-tying single to center.
In the third inning, Gwinnett tied a season high with five runs in the frame. With runners on the corners and two down, Terdoslavich singled home his third run of the night, collecting his fifth three-RBI game of the season. The next hitter, Gartrell, cleared the bases with a three-run homer to left, giving the G-Braves a 6-2 lead. After a single by Joe Leonard and a walk by Paul Janish, Matt Pagnozzi capped the scoring with an RBI single to right field.
The Red Wings answered with a run in the top of the fourth. Doug Bernier tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a groundout by Ray Olmedo, cutting the Gwinnett lead to 7-3.
Poveda would shut down the opposition from there, allowing three runs on eight hits to record his ninth quality start of the season. Ryan Buchter, Pat Egan and Cory Rasmus tossed one scoreless inning each, dusting off the Red Wings.
The G-Braves added three more runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to match a season high for runs scored in a single game (previously accomplished in an 11-7 win at Lehigh Valley on June 2). In the seventh, Rochester reliever Anthony Slama walked the bases loaded and uncorked a wild pitch to score the first run. Jose Constanza plated the other two runs with a single. In the eighth, Todd Cunningham laced a lead-off triple and scored on an RBI hit by Pastornicky.
In addition to the big nights by Gartrell and Terdoslavich, Constanza added a 2-for-4, two-RBI game, while Pastornicky went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to nine games.
Brian Dinkelman, Deibinson Romero and Farris picked up two hits apiece to lead the Rochester offense.
The Gwinnett Braves will finish their four-game set against the Rochester Red Wings on Friday night, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Left-hander Yohan Flande (3-4, 4.12) will start for the G-Braves, while left-hander Andrew Albers (3-2, 3.53) will start for the Red Wings. The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM. The game will also be broadcast on television on CSS.
Following Friday night's game, stick around for Post-Game Fireworks, sponsored by WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta.