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Benchmark night for G-Braves

Photo: David McGregor. Gwinnett's Stefan Gartrell trots to home plate after hitting his second home run of the game as Louisville catcher Devin Mesoraco watches Monday night at Coolray Field.

Photo: David McGregor. Gwinnett's Stefan Gartrell trots to home plate after hitting his second home run of the game as Louisville catcher Devin Mesoraco watches Monday night at Coolray Field.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Monday was a night of milestones for the Gwinnett Braves.

On the night in which the Atlanta Braves' AAA affiliate welcomed its one millionth fan and honored legendary Atlanta manager Bobby Cox, the G-Braves gave their own manager, Dave Brundage, his 1,000th career victory.

Stefan Gartrell belted two home runs -- giving him the Gwinnett single-season record -- while Julio Teheran pitched five gutsy innings and contributed with his bat as well in a 5-2 G-Braves victory over the Louisville Bats before 5,054 fans at Coolray Field.

"It's still corked," Brundage said of the two bottles of celebratory champagne on ice in front of him on top of his desk after the game. "It means something to me, ... but at the same time, we play a team game. I didn't want to make a big deal about it.

"There was a lot going on (Monday) night. It was a fun night. Certainly having Bobby Cox here ... is special. ... I was maybe a little bit embarrassed. What I've done pales in comparison to what Bobby Cox has done."

There was nothing embarrassing about the G-Braves' effort, especially that from Teheran and Gartrell.

Teheran (10-1) wasn't has sharpest, throwing 91 pitches, being forced into several deep counts and giving up at least one baserunner in four of his five innings.

The 20-year-old right-hander struggled early, committing a throwing error on a pickoff attempt at second and giving up two hits -- including Yonder Alonso's RBI single -- to fall behind 1-0 on an unearned run in the top of the first.

However, he battled through most of the trouble, allowing just three hits and walking three with six strikeouts through five innings to become the International League's first 10-game winner this season.

"He threw a lot of pitches," Brundage said of Teheran. "He had to work hard for his outs. I think the only 1-2-3 inning was in the fifth. He started to command his fastball and started to get some rhythm."

Teheran also helped himself at the plate with two hits -- his second and third of the season -- and his first RBI of the season.

But it was Gartrell who provided most of the G-Braves' offense, going 2-for-3 with the two home runs -- giving him 20 on the season and passing Freddie Freeman and Mitch Jones for the team's single-season record -- and driving in four runs.

The first of Gartrell's bombs was the most important.

It came with two runners on and one out with the G-Braves still trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the third.

"What I was trying to do was make sure we didn't come out of that inning empty," Gartrell said. "All I was really trying to do was get a ball in the air for (the runner on third) to tag up."

He got one, as he launched a 2-2 offering from Scott Carroll (6-5) deep over the wall and off the fence on top of the back wall in left field for a mammoth three-run homer that put the G-Braves up 3-1 and changed momentum around.

Gartrell then added icing to the cake two innings later when he blasted a solo homer to left to lead off the inning and increase the G-Braves' lead to 5-1.

That was plenty for Teheran and the Gwinnett bullpen, as Anthony Vavaro pitched three solid innings, striking out three and giving up just one win, while Jairo Asencio pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save in as many opportunities on the season.