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G-Braves blow lead, win in 10th

BUFFALO — The Gwinnett Braves blew a five-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, but rallied in the 10th to win the first game after the All-Star Break, 8-7.

Reliever Scott Proctor allowed four runs in 11⁄3 innings to help start a Buffalo rally in the ninth that including back-to-back home runs. Gwinnett entered the final inning leading 7-2. Following the homers, Proctor gave way to closer Craig Kimbrel who loaded the bases and walked in the tying run.

But Kimbrel escaped the inning tied and Joe Thurston made Buffalo pay. The infielder started the 10th with a triple and outfielder Jordan Schafer’s RBI double knocked him in for the go-ahead run.

Steven Marek gave-up a lead-off single in the bottom of the 10th, but retired the next three batters for his fifth save.

Until the ninth-inning near collapse, the G-Braves looked to cruise to an easy win.

Todd Redmond pitched six strong innings, allowing just two runs off six hits.

At the plate, Schafer was 2-for-4 with the winning RBI. Diory Hernandez was 1-for-5 with two RBIs. Thurston went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, including the game-winner.

For the Bison, starter Ramon Ortiz allowed only one run on four hits in six innings. Manual Alvarez (0-1) was credited with the loss.

The G-Braves take on Buffalo today with newly called up LHP Scott Diamond getting his first Class AAA start against LHP Pat Misch (9-3, 3.12 ERA) of the Bisons.