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Freemen homer leads G-Braves to win

Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer that put Gwinnett in front for good in the third inning and the Braves defeated the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 6-1 on Thursday night.

The G-Braves pitching staff held the IronPigs to one run, combining for 12 strikeouts and allowing three walks.

Mike Minor pitched only 12⁄3 innings in the win and is scheduled to make his first major league start Monday for Atlanta against the Houston Astros. Joe Oretegano (3-8) earned his first win since dropping eight of his last nine starts.

Freeman hit his 15th home run of the season and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Joe Thurston (2-for-3) and Brandon Hicks (1-for-4) each had an RBI.

Today, G-Braves’ RHP Todd Redmond (8-10, 4.51 ERA) is scheduled to face RHP Nate Bump (8-4, 3.33 ERA) of the IronPigs.