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Gearrin returned to Gwinnett after win

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

LAWRENCEVILLE — Cory Gearrin didn’t get to savor his first major league victory very long. Soon after getting credit for Atlanta’s 3-1 victory in 11 innings against Houston on Tuesday, the relief pitcher was headed back to Gwinnett.

The Braves needed to clear a roster spot for Julio Teheran, who will make a second spot start tonight in Arizona. He will fill in for injured Brandon Beachy against the Diamondbacks, then likely return to the G-Braves because Atlanta has two off days the following week and won’t need a fifth starter again until May 21.

Gearrin pitched the 11th inning against the Astros at Turner Field and worked out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the game tied after giving up a bunt single and two walks. Brian McCann won the game in the bottom of the inning with a two-run homer.

Gearrin, 25, was 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 10 appearances for Atlanta after starting the season with the G-Braves. He allowed just six hits and had 13 strikeouts to five walks in 111⁄3 innings.

Teheran, who made a spot start for Atlanta in Philadelphia earlier, could be optioned back to Class AAA as early as Thursday. But Gearrin can’t be recalled by the Braves for 10 days unless there is an injury.

Veteran reliever Scott Proctor was promoted from Gwinnett on Sunday, and that gives the Braves a stocked bullpen even without Gearrin.

Teheran, 20, is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in six starts for Gwinnett, striking out 32 and walking 12 in 372⁄3 innings. He took a loss in his major league debut against the Phillies on May 14, giving up three runs and four hits in 42⁄3 innings.

Right-hander J.J. Hoover was promoted from Class AA Mississippi to start for the G-Braves in place of Teheran against Rochester on Tuesday night. Gwinnett also added left-handed reliever Rowdy Hardy from Mississippi for the start of a four-game series against the Red Wings at Coolray Field.