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Freeman good in G-Braves' loss to Sox

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Freddie Freeman returned sooner than expected after straining a hamstring in a game five days ago and was 2-for-4 with his eighth double of the season Tuesday.

But that was the G-Braves lone bright spot in a 5-1 road loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox. Gwinnett only managed three other hits in the game and remains in second place in the South Division.

Freeman, who was once hitting just .139, bumped his average up to .292 with Tuesday's productive return. Brent Clevlen was 1-for-4 and his single in the fourth inning led to the only run for Gwinnett.

But James Parr lasted just three innings and gave up five runs on six hits.

In the second inning, with Daniel Nava on first, Aaron Bates homered to right field. Josh Reddick singled on a line drive, plating Bubba Bell and Pawtucket's three runs gave the Sox a lead they didn't lose.

Cristhian Martinez pitched a solid four innings in relief, holding Pawtucket scoreless and striking out four. Jeff Lyman pitched the eighth inning, allowing two hits and no runs.

Pawtucket starter Adam Mills went seven innings, yielding only three hits and the one earned run.

Gwinnett remains in Pawtucket for the third of four games tonight at 6:15 p.m. G-Braves' Todd Redmond (3-3, 4.59 ERA) is scheduled to face fellow righty Boof Bonser (0-1, 12.54 ERA).