Pope sacrifice fly carries G-Braves

INDIANAPOLIS - The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Indianapolis Indians 6-5 Thursday at Victory Field to improve to 37-31 and the Indians fell to 31-35.

With the win, the G-Braves finish the season series against the Indians with a 6-2 record. The G-Braves are now only 21/2 games out of first place in the Southern Division with Norfolk and Durham both losing Thursday.

The G-Braves jumped out first with Reid Gorecki leading off the game with a triple. Brooks Conrad plated Gorecki with his twelfth double of the season. However, the Indians continued to answer each of Gwinnett's runs. The two teams battled back and fourth until the eighth inning when pinch hitter Van Pope's sacrifice fly with bases loaded gave Gwinnett the final lead of the night.

Starting pitcher Eric Hacker was 2-for-2 with two doubles and three RBI to lead the Indians.

For Gwinnett, LHP Juan Perez earned his first win pitching a scoreless seventh inning. LHP Jonny Venters started the game, allowed four earned runs and struck out five in 6 innings but did not factor into the decision.

Denny Bautista was credited with the loss after allowing the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.

The Gwinnett Braves start a four-game series with the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) today. The G-Braves will start RHP Todd Redmond (3-5. 4.88 ERA), who will face the Bats LHP Sam LeCure (4-5, 5.61 ERA). First pitch at Louisville Slugger Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.