LAWRENCEVILLE - For the second time in as many starts, Todd Redmond did not allow a home run.
But the for the International League leader in homers allowed, the biggest stat was his lone walk.
Redmond, who struggled with walks early in the season, threw seven innings of six-hit baseball and the only run that scored was unearned. Though he only has just three wins and four no decisions, Redmond has not lost a game in seven starts since June 19. He picked up his third win on Thursday as the G-Braves weathered a strong start from Yohan Pino to win 2-1 in a rain-delayed game against Rochester (49-54).
The win evened the right-hander's record at 6-6 and his ERA dipped to 4.54.
"We figured out that my tempo was off a little earlier in the season," Redmond said of the difference in his recent starts. "It has helped me be able to get the ball down in the strike zone."
Redmond's one walk came in his final inning and it loaded the bases with two outs, but it took three pitches to Rochester pinch-hitter Danny Valencia to get an infield ground ball to end the inning. Saving the run proved crucial when rain delayed the game in the bottom of the seventh for 54 minutes with two Gwinnett Braves (59-47) on base.
Redmond had thrown 97 pitches through the seven innings and did not return after the delay, escaping just in time to stay dry.
But in the bottom half of the seventh, Gwinnett pushed a run across on a sacrifice fly from Gregor Blanco to score Clint Sammons, giving the G-Braves a lead and making Redmond eligible for the win.
With the lead in hand, the Gwinnett bullpen did its job with Mariano Gomez and Luiz Valdez throwing two scoreless innings to end the game. Gwinnett is now 50-4 when leading after seven innings and 52-2 when leading after eight. Valdez earned his 20th save.
But with the win, not only do the G-Braves keep rolling, winners of nine of their last 11, but Redmond does as well.
"You just go out there your next start and just go with it," Redmond said. "Keep it rolling."
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G-Braves 2, Red Wings 1
What happened: Gwinnett scored one run before and one run after a 54 minute rain delay to edge Rochester in the third game of its four-game series. G-Braves' starter RHP Todd Redmond through seven innings, allowed six hits and allowed just one unearned run. Brian Barton homered to lead off the fifth inning to tie the game at 1-1 and Gregor Blanco scored Clint Sammons on a sac fly to left field in the seventh. The rain came in the bottom of the seventh with two G-Braves on base, including the go-ahead scoring Sammons.
Stat of the day: Brandon Jones went 1-for-4 as the designated hitter for the G-Braves on Thursday, in a role where the outfielder has found success. Jones is 12-for-38 (.315) as the designated hitter with two RBIs and three runs scored in 10 starts.
Web gem: 1B Barbaro Canizares snagged a line drive from the air at first base to save a hit and end a threat in the fourth inning.
Pivotal moment: With the bases loaded and two outs, starting pitcher Todd Redmond forced Red Wings' pinch hitter Danny Valencia to ground out to second base and end the scoring threat, keeping the game tied at 1-1.
Worth noting: Reid Gorecki sat out of the lineup on Thursday with a sore knee. The outfielder, hitting .274, has been in the lineup just once in the last four games.
On deck: RHP Tim Hudson makes his second rehab start with the G-Braves tonight, scheduled to throw about 65 pitches which should be about four or five innings. Rochester counters with RHP Kevin Mulvey (3-6, 4.40) in the last game of the G-Braves 12-game homestand.