LAWRENCEVILLE --Kris Medlen's first start with the G-Braves didn't go quite as well as anticipated.
Facing Charlotte in his first action since being sent to Gwinnett from Atlanta on May 31, the 26-year old right-hander went just 2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits as the Knights topped the G-Braves 5-2 on Saturday night at Coolray Field in front of 7,523 fans.
"I thought he was up in the zone in the first inning," Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage said. "He left a couple of pitches up and paid the price for it."
It didn't take long for Charlotte (32-25) to jump on Medlen as the right-hander had thrown just five pitches when the Knights plated their first run. Greg Golson, who reached base five times for Charlotte on the night, led off the game with a double and then scored on Drew Garcia's RBI single to right.
Medlen had a chance to get out of the inning with just the one run, but with runners at second and third with two outs, Josh Phegley singled up the middle to extend the lead to 3-0.
Medlen got through the second without any damage but gave up a solo home run to Dan Johnson in the top of the third. He would be lifted with one out in the inning.
"This was his first start in a couple years and this was the first step in getting him stretched out," Brundage said.
"That's our goal here."
Trailing 4-0, Gwinnett (32-24) didn't have much luck against starter Terry Doyle until the fifth. Felix Pie led off the inning with a double to right for just Gwinnett's second hit of the game. Pie had a solid night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run.
Pie would reach third with one out on an infield single from Collin DeLome and score when Jose Yepez doubled in the left field corner to cut the score to 4-1.
DeLome would then be chased home when Lance Zawadzki grounded out to short for a 4-2 margin, but the inning ended with a runner at third on a fly out to left from Luis Durango.
Gwinnett's bullpen also did its part in keeping the game close as Buddy Carlyle followed Medlen with 3 scoreless innings, while Anthony Varvaro added two more scoreless frames.
Cory Gearrin pitched the ninth and surrendered one run, giving up a double to Ozzie Martinez, who later scored on Golson's bloop single to right. Golson finished the night 3-for-5 with a run, stolen base and an RBI.
Charlotte out hit Gwinnett 10-5, while pitchers Doyle, Donnie Veal and Brian Omogrosso combined for 11 strikeouts with just one walk.
Tyler Pastornicky also had a hit in his second game back with Gwinnett, going 1-for-4, but committed one of two errors on the night for the G-Braves with a wild throw to first in the seventh inning.
The loss was the fourth in a row for Gwinnett and trimmed its lead in the Southern Division of the International league down to game over Charlotte.