LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - The Gwinnett Braves (31-29) held off a late charge by the Columbus Clippers (29-32) on Friday night, winning 3-2 to snap a three-game losing streak. Joey Terdoslavich's two-run single in the sixth inning provided the winning margin as the G-Braves avoided the series sweep.
Despite the win, things got off to a slow start for Gwinnett. Columbus scored first for the fourth straight game, tallying a run in the top of the third inning. Back-to-back one-out singles by Justin Sellers and Jose Ramirez off right-hander Gus Schlosser put runners at the corners, and Tyler Holt grounded out to short to score Sellers, making it 1-0.
Gwinnett knotted the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third. Joe Leonard singled, moved to third base on a single by Ozzie Martinez and scored on an RBI double by Phil Gosselin.
Giovanny Urshela put Columbus back on top in the fourth. He clubbed his fifth home run of the season, taking Schlosser deep to left to make it 2-1.
The G-Braves took the lead in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs on three hits. With Mark Hamilton on first base, Christian Bethancourt doubled to left to put runners in scoring position for Terdoslavich. He delivered a two-run single to center, giving Gwinnett their first lead since the second inning on Wednesday night.
Schlosser tossed 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts. He exited with a 2-1 deficit and didn't factor in the decision. Atahualpa Severino (W, 3-1) recorded the win with 1.0 innings of scoreless relief. Pedro Beato (H, 5) added 1.1 scoreless inning and Juan Jaime (S, 11) earned the save in an eventful ninth inning.
In the ninth, Jaime walked Ramirez and allowed a bunt single to Holt that put runners on the corners with no outs. Fortunately, Bethancourt threw out Holt trying to steal second for the first out. Jaime then retired Elliot Johnson and Urshela on groundouts to hold off the Clippers.
Kyle Davies (L, 2-4) took the loss for Columbus, allowing three runs on nine hits over 6.0 innings. Relievers Austin Adams and Kyle Crockett each pitched a scoreless inning.
Gosselin went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, while Terdoslavich went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the G-Braves.
Ramirez led the Clippers, going 2-for-4. Urshela finished 1-for-3 with the home run and one RBI.
The Gwinnett Braves begin a four-game series against the Rochester Red Wings on Saturday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Atlanta Braves' right-hander Jordan Walden (0-1, 27.00) is scheduled to make his second rehab start for the G-Braves. The Red Wings will counter with right-hander Alex Meyer (3-2, 3.65).