LAWRENCEVILLE -- After going 11 innings without a run, Luis Durango took it upon his feet to break the scoreless streak.
Durango walked in the bottom of the first and then the International League steals leader stole second and third base during Stefan Gartrell's protracted at-bat. And when Gartrell singled to left-center, Durango jogged home, giving the G-Braves a 1-0 lead.
The two steals were part of a team-high, three-steal game for Durango, tying a Gwinnett Braves record for steals in a game. Durango now has 18 steals in 19 attempts on the season. Gartrell's RBI made it seven in the past eight games the right fielder drove in at least one run.
But the hard-working score didn't kick start the G-Braves' offense against Buffalo pitching prospect Jeurys Familia in a 4-1 loss, the third straight for the G-Braves against the Bison.
"We just haven't had the timely hits," manager Dave Brundage said. "We've had plenty of baserunners. We just haven't taken advantage of opportunities, that's the difference."
Familia allowed four hits and one run over six innings, walking two and striking out six.
Durango stole his third base in the third, advancing to third base when the throw skipped into centerfield, but he was thrown out at the plate trying to score.
"It's just an aggressive move," Brundage said.
Durango didn't just make an impact with his legs, for the second straight night the center fielder threw out a runner at home. Durango picked up his fourth assist when he caught a shallow fly ball by Zach Lutz and threw out Bobby Scales at home plate to end the inning and get the G-Braves out of early two-on, no out trouble.
And for G-Braves starter Yohan Flande, not much trouble followed.
The right-hander allowed two earned runs off eight hits over 5 . He struck out six and walked two, one intentionally. After two rough outings it was the return of the Flande who had a 0.00 ERA in his first 15 innings this season.
Flande held the one-run lead until the fourth.
Buffalo tied the game at 1-1 with a Matt Tuiasosopo RBI single to score Valentin Pascucci, who was on second after he singled and advanced on third baseman Joey Terdoslavich's 11th error this season. The 11 errors lead the IL, only Charlotte shortstop Osvaldo Martinez has double-digit errors with 10.
Buffalo took the lead and chased Flande in the seventh inning. The Bison put the first two runners on base in the inning and they advanced to second and third on a Flande balk. Shortstop Josh Wilson saved a run on an infield ground ball, cutting down Oswaldo Navarro at home plate for the first out.
After the out, Dusty Hughes entered for Flande and hit the first batter to load the bases and then allowed RBI hits by Fred Lewis and Zach Lutz as Buffalo took a 4-1 lead.
"We made some mistakes in a crucial inning and it proved costly," Brundage said.
Gwinnett put two on in the eighth, but couldn't knock a run in as the bullpen kept the deficit at three. Jason Rice struck out two in a scoreless eighth and Corey Gearrin looked strong in a perfect ninth. Gearrin's ERA is not 0.54 in 16 innings.
"Gearrin looks very good," Brundage said.