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G-Braves continue skid with 10-2 loss to Indians

Photo Intern: Graham Robson Gwinnett Braves' Jose Constanza connects to center field during the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Indianapolis Indians.

Photo Intern: Graham Robson Gwinnett Braves' Jose Constanza connects to center field during the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Indianapolis Indians.

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Staff Intern: Graham Robson Gwinnett Braves first baseman Christian Marrero attempts to pick off Indianapolis Indian's Gorkys Hernandez (7) during Wednesday's game at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- After 55 games alone atop the South Division of the International League, Gwinnett no longer even has a winning record.

Blame a 5-17 skid for that.

How bad has it gotten? Infielder Josh Wilson had to take the mound to get the final out in the ninth inning of a 10-2 loss to Indianapolis on Wednesday night at Coolray Field.

Gwinnett (37-37) is at .500 for the first time since they were 3-3 on April 10.

The G-Braves were 12 games over .500 at 32-20 on May 29. But that seems like a lot more than just over three weeks ago.

After leading the division by as much as five games, the G-Braves now trail first-place Charlotte by five.

Eric Junge lasted just four innings as Gwinnett fell into an early hole against West Division-leader Indianapolis, which improved to 43-29.

Things got really bad in the ninth inning as D.J. Carrasco got roughed up in his Gwinnett debut. The former major leaguer allowed four runs on four hits and two walks. Wilson had to come in with the bases loaded and got a fly ball to deep center field.

It was the first time in the G-Braves' four-year history that a position player had to pitch.

Jose Morales had four hits in the game for Indianapolis and drove in three runs. With right fielder Felix Pie throwing out a runner at the plate, Indianapolis was turned away in the first inning despite three singles.

But the Indians used three hits, including a double, and a throwing error by Junge to go up 3-0 in the second inning.

A two-out triple by Yamaico Navarro after a walk and hit batter made it 5-0 in fourth. A leadoff double by Christian Marrero led to the G-Braves getting a run in the bottom of the inning, but pinch-hitter Ernesto Mejia flied out with two on to end the inning.

Junge (4-7) allowed nine hits and the five runs (four earned) in four innings, laboring through 86 pitches.

Indianapolis starter Daniel Cabrera (3-3) got the win, working 5 innings. He gave up five hits and walked none.

Gwinnett reliever Adam Russell retired the first eight batters he faced before giving up an unearned run in the seventh inning thanks to his own throwing error on a pick-off attempt. Brandon Boggs, who had walked, scored on Morales' single to make it 6-1.

The Braves got the run back in the bottom of the inning on three straight hits, but left two runners on base. Tyler Pastornicky had the RBI hit.

Then Indianapolis turned the game into a rout in the ninth inning.

The homestand concludes today, with a 12:05 p.m. game against Indianapolis. Gwinnett begins an eight-game road trip on Friday to face Syracuse and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.