LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Braves (58-83) capped off the 2013 home schedule with an impressive win over the Durham Bulls (86-54) on Friday night. In front of the largest Coolray Field crowd of the season, the G-Braves scored five runs in the sixth and sent the 10,017 fans home happy with a 5-1 victory.
The G-Braves snapped a scoreless game in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring five runs on four hits against left-hander Mike Montgomery. After reaching base with one out, Jose Constanza and Todd Cunningham stole second and third respectively, putting runners in scoring position. Phil Gosselin delivered and RBI single up the middle and Ernesto Mejia added a two-run double down the left field line, making it 3-0. Stefan Gartrell delivered the big blow, smacking his ninth home run of the season to extend the Gwinnett lead to 5-0.
The Bulls would score a run in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI double by Craig Albernaz, but the G-Braves' staff would fend off the rally, snapping their six-game losing streak.
Gwinnett starter Kameron Loe tossed five innings of scoreless baseball. The right-hander allowed four hits with one walk and four strikeouts. He didn't factor in the decision, leaving with the game still scoreless. Yohan Flande (W, 9-7) recorded the victory, hurling 4.0 innings of one-run baseball. The left-hander capped off his 2013 season with a team-high nine wins, including four over Durham. Flande went 4-0 with a 1.97 ERA in eight games, four starts against the Bulls this year.
Montgomery (7-8) took the loss, allowing five runs on six hits in 7.0 innings. The lefty struck out four without walking a batter.
Mejia led Gwinnett, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. He regained the International League RBI lead with his 82nd and 83rd RBIs of the year. Gartrell added the blast and two RBIs as well, finishing 1-or-4.
Luke Scott, on a rehab assignment for the Tampa Bay Rays, paced the Bulls attack, going 2-for-4.
The Gwinnett Braves will finish their 2013 slate on the road as they begin a three-game series with the Charlotte Knights at 7:15 PM on Saturday night. Right-hander Freddy Garcia (8-4, 3.56) will start for the G-Braves, while the Knights will counter with right-hander Stephen McCray (0-3, 9.35). The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Judd Hickinbotham calling the play-by-play.
The next G-Braves' home game at Coolray Field will take place on Friday, April 11, 2014 against the Durham Bulls. Season tickets for the 2014 campaign are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box office at (678) 277-0340. For more information on 2014 season ticket packages, visit gwinnettbraves.com/2014.