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G-Braves score late to top Yankees

SCRANTON, Pa. -- A Diory Hernandez RBI triple in the ninth inning broke a 1-1 tie and paved the way to a 3-2 Gwinnett Braves win Wednesday over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

The ninth-inning rally gave reliever Cory Gearrin his first win of the season after the middle inning right-hander threw a strong eighth inning.

Stephen Marek allowed a walk in the ninth before recording the save.

Hernandez' triple was one of just five Gwinnett hits in the game as Scranton starter Tim Redding pitched eight three-hit innings give up just one run on a Barbaro Canizares double to score Wes Timmons. Canizares went 2-for-3 making him the only G-Brave with multiple hits. But as good as Redding threw for the Yankees, recently promoted Class AAA starter Scott Diamond matched him. Diamond, recently called up from Class AA Mississippi and making his second AAA start, gave up one run off eight hits over seven innings for his second no-decision.

The late rally started with a walk to Canizares. Joe Thurston entered as a pinch runner and took advantage on Hernandez' triple. Hernandez scored a batter later on a Brandon Hicks single that ended the inning when he attempted to stretch the hit to a double.

Gwinnett will finish its series with the Yankees today at 7:05 p.m. with spot-starter RHP Cristhian Martinez (2-1, 4.19 ERA) scheduled to face RHP Zach McAllister (7-6, 4.82 ERA) of the Yankees. The G-Braves will also see the return of outfielder Gregor Blanco who returns from a successful stint in Atlanta after the Braves actived Nate McLouth.