G-Braves rally for three runs in 9th to beat Red Sox

LAWRENCEVILLE — Mitch Jones ran around the bases. He was mobbed by teammates at home plate. He celebrated on his way into the dugout.

Then, he had to step back up to the plate.


G-Braves 7, Red Sox 6

What happened: Gwinnett overcame an early offensive explosion by Pawtucket with a three-run, ninth-inning rally keyed by a Matt Young single and ended on a Brent Clevlen bases-loaded walk. Gwinnett fell behind 4-0 in the first inning and entered the ninth down 6-4 before the one-out rally gave the G-Braves their third straight win. Wes Timmons ended the night 3-for-4 and Matt Young went 4-for-5 in the win. Young scored a pair of runs including the first one in the ninth, Timmons tied the game with his only run. Clevlen went 2-for-3 before his RBI-walk ended the game.

Stat of the day: Mitch Jones became the first G-Brave to hit a home run in three straight games when he blasted a solo shot to center field to lead-off the second inning.

Web gem: Joe Thurston saved more first-inning runs when he chased down a shallow pop-up to right, making a basket catch and looking the runner back at third.

Pivotal moment: Brent Clevlen's patience at the plate drew a game-winning, RBI walk to cap off a three-run game-winning rally in the ninth inning

Worth noting: After a night off, Matt Young turned in a 4-for-5 performance including two stolen bases and scoring a pair of runs. His single in the ninth started the rally.

On deck: Parkview grad RHP Tim Gustafson (1-1, 6.75 ERA) will get his second home start against Pawtucket's LHP Fabio Castro (0-1, 8.10 ERA) at 2 p.m.

What was originally ruled a home run to left field to win the game in the bottom of the ninth changed moments later when the umpire crew conferred, with help from the Pawtucket manager and players, and decided it was just a deep foul ball.

Jones walked on the next pitch to load the bases.

The swing that would end the G-Braves series opener with the Red Sox never came. Five pitches later, Red Sox reliever Fernando Cabrera threw ball four to Brent Clevlen and the celebration began anew.

And continued, uninterrupted.

"I have never seen a game like that," Clevlen said.

The walk gave the G-Braves a 7-6 win and capped off a three-run ninth-inning rally that gave Gwinnett its third straight win.

The G-Braves never led until Clevlen drew the RBI-walk and played the entire game from behind.

Starter Ryne Reynoso allowed hits to five of the first six Red Sox batters, including a pair of doubles and a triple to put Gwinnett down 4-0 before a batter stepped into the box. Jeff Lyman began warming up in the first inning as Reynoso's struggles mounted, but the right-hander, aided by some defense, ended the first inning and lasted 32/3 more. He ended his outing after 42/3 innings, eight hits, four runs, three walks and a pair of strikeouts as he still looks for his first win on the year.

Gwinnett slowly chipped away at the four-run deficit, coming as close as 4-3 in the fourth inning when Joe Thurston knocked in Barbaro Canizares on a ground out to second base. A real Jones' home run started the G-Braves' scoring in the second inning. It was his third homer in as many games.

Lyman eventually relieved Reynoso but put two runners on in the sixth and Mariano Gomez couldn't save his teammate when he walked a batter and then gave up a two-RBI single.

The two runs allowed Pawtucket to keep the lead when Thurston again knocked in Canizares in the sixth. The G-Braves left the bases loaded in the inning and trailed by two.

G-Braves' reliever Cristhian Martinez allowed one hit over the final two innings to keep the G-Braves down two and earned his first win of the season when pinch-runner J.C. Holt stepped on home to end a wild ninth.