G-Braves win third straight over Knights

FORT MILL, S.C. -- Jose Lugo turned in a solid 7 innings to earn his second win of the season and lift the Gwinnett Braves to their third consecutive win, a 6-2 victory over the Charlotte Knights.

Lugo, who last won June 9 at Pawtucket, allowed two runs off eight hits with seven strikeouts and just two walks against South Division-leading Charlotte. Both Knights runs came in the bottom of the third off of a Tyler Kuhn double and a Dan Johnson RBI ground out, but by then, the G-Braves had built a three run lead.

Gwinnett scored a run in each of the first three innings, the first off Felix Pie's 11th double of the season to score Tyler Pastornicky. Stefan Gartrell led off the second with his 12th home run, a blast to center field. The team record-holder for home runs in a season, the bomb was Gartrell's first since May 25 against Rochester. Gwinnett scored its third run on a Pastornicky sacrifice fly after Luis Durango led off the third with a walk. He stole his league-best 29th base and advanced to third on a throwing error to set up the sacrifice opportunity. Gwinnett finished its scoring with runs in each the sixth, eighth and ninth innings.

Lugo gave way to Jaye Chapman, who finished the final 1 innings, allowing one hit and striking out the final batter of the night.

Jose Constanza, Pie, Ernesto Mejia, Gartrell and Durango each had two his in the 13-hit night for the G-Braves. Six different batter notched RBIs and six different G-Braves crossed home. Only Pastornicky didn't record a hit.

The G-Braves will play two games today, finishing Tuesday's postponed game from the bottom of the second, followed by a seven -nning game to wrap up its quick trip to Charlotte.