G-Braves drop fifth straight

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — After taking a one-run lead in the top of the seventh, the Gwinnett Braves allowed Lehigh Valley to answer with four runs in the bottom half as Gwinnett dropped its fifth straight game 6-5.

The runs came off reliever Adam Russell, who pitched just 2/3 of an inning, allowing four runs off three hits with two walks and no strikeouts. The G-Braves turned to Jaye Chapman for the final out in the seventh. Chapman went the rest of the way, and the G-Braves tried to rally with two runs in the top of the ninth coming off a Felix Pie two-out double.

The loss dropped Gwinnett to 33-29 and squandered a solid start from Jair Jurrjens.

The big-league All-Star from a seasotn ago pitched six innings, allowing two runs off six his with four strikeouts and no walks.

Gwinnett to a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Stefan Gartrell doubled with one out and scored on a Josh Wilson RBI single. Wilson led off the seventh with his second home run as part of a 2-for-4, two-RBI night. Gartrell finished 3-for-4 and Ernesto Mejia went 2-for-5.