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G-Braves rally, but fall in 10 innings

Photo by Ben Beitzel

Photo by Ben Beitzel

LAWRENCEVILLE -- If one person wanted a taste of the Gwinnett Braves' two-game offensive explosion on Sunday and Monday it was Todd Redmond.

The team's leader in innings pitched has not allowed more than three earned runs in his past six starts with just two wins to show for it. He got another no-decision on Monday despite turning in another solid seven innings.

Redmond allowed just two runs, but left with Gwinnett trailing 2-1 and leaving five runners on base and getting a pair picked off stealing. A far cry from the 23 runs and 36 hits the G-Braves piled up over the past two games against the Indians.

It wasn't until the team's hottest hitter, Wilkin Ramirez, hustled his way to a run in the ninth that Redmond was off the hook for the loss. The 11th hour comeback didn't last long when the Indians' Matt Hague knocked in John Bowker of Jairo Asencio in the 10th and Indianapolis went on to win 4-3 to split the four-game series. Ramirez had another shot at hero in the bottom of the 10th, when he came up with runners on the corners and two outs but he struck out to end the game.

Durham routed Charlotte to regain sole possession of first place in the IL South by a game.

Gwinnett tied the game and saved Redmond a loss on a combination of Ramirez and a sloppy Indians defense. The left fielder who entered the game hitting .556 in his last 10 games, stretched a single into a double on a bad throw from the outfield, advanced to third on a wild pitch and easily scored the tying run on a passed ball from pitcher Tim Wood. Gwinnett catcher Will Nieves stole second off Wood later in the inning with the pitcher not making a throw to the bag.

Ramirez's 2-for-4 night extended his hitting streak to five games. He scored and knocked in a run for Gwinnett. It was Ramirez's two-out RBI single in the fourth that put an end to Indians starter Garrett Olson's no-hitter.

Gwinnett chased the former Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Olson with one out in the sixth inning after he walked his fifth batter to put two runners on base. Tyler Pastornicky was caught stealing third and Jared Hughes struck out Brandon Hicks to end the threat. Pastornicky is now riding an eight-game hitting streak.

Olson's no-hit bid lasted two outs longer than Redmond's.

The right-hander matched his career-high with seven strikeouts and walked just one over seven innings. It was the fifth time this season he pitched at least seven innings and his only win came in a complete-game shutout. Redmond is now 1-2 in games when he pitches at least seven innings and in none of those starts has he allowed more than three runs.

Redmond retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced, striking out six and walking one. He allowed his two runs in the fifth off three hits and one of Gwinnett's two defensive errors. Redmond followed the hiccup by allowing one more hit over his final two innings.

Before Asencio's struggles, Jaye Chapman found his own.

The right-handed reliever allowed an unearned run in the eighth inning and it loomed large with Gwinnett scoring what would have been the tying run in the bottom half on an RBI single by Mauro Gomez. Chapman committed an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt and walked in the Indians' run.