G-Braves hold Bulls at bay in win

DURHAM, N.C. - The Gwinnett Braves held off a late rally and defeated the Durham Bulls 8-6 on Thursday night in Durham, N.C.

The G-Braves improve to 47-41 while the Bulls drop to 50-37 on the season. Gwinnett is now 31/2 games behind Durham in the IL South Division standings.

Gwinnett starter Bobby Brownlie allowed just one run in seven strong innings to earn his first win as a G-Brave. Brownlie, in three starts, is now 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA.

Gwinnett was led offensively by a pair of homers. Chris Burke hit his second round-tripper of the season, a solo shot that started the six-run fourth inning. Later in the inning, Barbaro Canizares smashed a three-run homer, his 10th of the year. Canizares, Kelly Johnson and Burke each had a pair of hits in the win.

Durham starter Matt DeSalvo allowed six runs, five earned, in 32/3 innings. DeSalvo was charged with his third loss of the season and is now 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA.

The Bulls were led offensively by Justin Ruggiano and Rhyne Hughes who were each 2-for-4. Hughes drove in two of Durham's six runs.

Gwinnett will continue its road trip with a three-game set at Charlotte starting tonight. The G-Braves will send southpaw Jonny Venters (0-2, 6.35 ERA) to the mound to face Charlotte RHP Lucas Harrell (0-1, 5.73 ERA).