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G-Braves find just enough offense

LAWRENCEVILLE — After losing 6-0 in a seven inning rain delayed game late Tuesday night, it looked like the G-Braves bats got as little rest as the players.

A 33-year-old career minor leaguer, who also spent eight seasons in Japan, was literally unhittable. Right-hander Jeremy Powell took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, running the G-Braves scoreless inning run up to 16.

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G-Braves 2, Indians 1

What happened: RHP Todd Redmond followed up his no-hit performance with another strong show. He pitched seven four-hit innings, allowing just one run. Mitch Jones hit a two-run homer in the seventh to give the G-Braves the lead. Jones game-winner came a batter after Barbaro Canizares broke up Indianapolis’ Jeremy Powell’s no-hitter with a one-out triple. Craig Kimble and Michael Dunn pitch two scoreless innings to end the game.

Injury report: 1B Freddie Freeman’s MRI showed no damage to his right knee and the Braves’ prospect is eligible to return to the team.

Stat of the day: Todd Redmond followed up his no-hitter with a season-high 10 strikeouts in a seven-inning, one-run, four-hit outing for the G-Braves.

Web gem: 3B Wes Timmons ended Wednesday’s game with an unassisted tag at third on a chopper that would have been a close play at first. The Indians’ pinch runner ran straight into the waiting Timmons for the final out.

Pivotal moment: After 61⁄3 hitless innings, Barbaro Canizares ended Indianapolis’ Jeremy Powell’s no-hitter with a triple that ended with a rolling slide into third base.

Worth noting: Mitch Jones’ two-run home run in the seventh gave the G-Braves the lead Wednesday and also ended 16 straight scoreless innings for Gwinnett.

On deck: Gwinnett wraps up its series with the Indians, sending LHP Jose Ortegano (2-0, 2.08) against RHP Brad Lincoln (5-2, 3.47 ERA) today at 7 p.m.

It didn’t go 17.

With one out, Barbaro Canizares tripled to right-center field, reaching third with a rough, rolling slide.

“It was more of a tumble,” manager Dave Brundage said of the slide. “I think I was the most shocked guy in the ballpark when he had his head down and was still running. But it was a great time to go for three.”

Mitch Jones followed with his 10th homer of the year to his usual landing spot over the left field retention wall. It was all the G-Braves needed in a 2-1 win.

“It seems like sometimes when no-hitters get broken up the floodgates kind of open,” Jones said. “He makes a couple of mistakes. It’s funny how fast a game can turn around.”

Powell’s run at a no-hitter came eight outs short of the feat G-Braves starter Todd Redmond finished in his last start. Redmond only stretched his no-hit innings to 10 straight, allowing a double to lead off the second. He gave up a triple and a double in the third for Indianapolis’ only run but outside the three extra-base hits, he was in control again. The right-hander struck out a season-best 10 and only walked two. He evens his record to 5-5 on the season.

Things didn’t start well for Redmond, who walked former Braves prospect Brandon Jones in the first and took a line drive off his hand in the second inning. But stopping the ball saved a run and Redmond regrouped.

“I knew he had a little numbness in his thumb,” Brundage said. “He comes back and gives us five more and pitches outstanding.”

In his last two starts, Redmond has thrown 16 innings, striking out 13 and walking just four. It’s a long way from his consecutive three inning outings in early May when he allowed 13 runs off 14 hits.

“(Redmond) gave us an opportunity to win a ball game even though we didn’t have many hits,” Brundage said.

Gwinnett totaled just three hits after Matt Young singled with two outs in the eighth, but the pitching of Redmond and scoreless innings from Michael Dunn and Craig Kimbrel carried the G-Braves.

“Our pitching has kept us in so many ball games that we probably didn’t deserve to be in,” Jones said. “Hopefully we can get everybody at one time.

“We just have to give (our pitchers) a little more of a cushion.”

Powell learned that Wednesday.

Despite his no-hitter, the one-run lead was tenuous and it showed when the game turned on two swings.

“We made the most of those two hits, didn’t we?” Brundage said. “(The pitcher) knows what’s at stake and he knows he has a no-hitter and we hit that 3-2 (pitch) and then he makes a mistake to Jones and he pays for it.”