PAWTUCKET, R.I. - The Gwinnett Braves worked their way out of a big hole, but the rally came up short and a five-game winning streak ended with a 8-5 road loss to Pawtucket on Saturday.
The G-Braves outhit Pawtucket 15-7, but the pitching staff issued a season-high eight walks.
Gwinnett (10-13) began chipping away at an 8-0 deficit in the third inning, posting two runs in the fourth and fifth and then another in the seventh to make it 8-5. But Pawtucket (11-10) held on from there.
Gwinnett's bats continued their hot streak. Brooks Conrad was 3-for-5 with two runs and two doubles and Diory Hernandez was 4-for-5 with a run and two RBIs. Barbaro Canizares extended his hit streak to seven games with a two-run shot in the fourth.
G-Braves' right-hander Jerome Gamble picked up his third loss of the season despite allowing only one earned run in 22/3 innings pitched.
It was Pawtucket's seven unearned runs in the bottom of the third that pushed the Red Sox to victory.
After an error by the shortstop Hernandez, Gamble allowed two singles, three walks and a home run. Vladimir Nunez replaced Gamble and allowed one inherited runner to score before getting out of the inning.
Chris Carter paced the PawSox, scoring two runs on a 2-for-4 afternoon at the plate. Sean Danielson, Paul McAnulty, Jeff Natale and Travis Denker were all hitless in the game, but each posted runs after reaching base on walks.
Pawtucket right-hander Enrique Gonzalez earned his third win of the season as he allowed four earned runs on 11 hits in six innings. Right-hander Daniel Bard garnered the save by holding Gwinnett at bay in the ninth.
The G-Braves and PawSox conclude their first of two, four-game series today at 1:05 p.m. Gwinnett RHP Charlie Morton (2-1, 5.21 ERA) is scheduled to face RHP Clay Buchholz (0-0, 2.45 ERA).
SideBar: NEXT UP
Who: Syracuse Chiefs
Where: Gwinnett Stadium
When: Monday-Thursday, 7 p.m.
TV, radio: CSS on Thursday; WDUN 550-AM
Affiliation: Washington Nationals
Manager: Tim Foli
Players to watch: The Chiefs don't have a lot of top prospects, but they have a lot of familiar players. OF Ryan Langerhans and 2B Pete Orr, a couple of former Atlanta Braves, are on the Syracuse roster. So is Cobb County native Corey Patterson, who once was a top Chicago Cubs prospect.
Gwinnett first: This will be the G-Braves' first home series against a team outside of the International League's South Division. Syracuse is in the six-time IL North Division.
G-Braves first: For the first time this season, Gwinnett pitchers will hit. There is no DH in Class AAA when National League affiliates play each other. The other NL affiliates are Buffalo (Mets), Indianapolis (Pirates), Lehigh Valley (Phillies) and Louisville (Reds).