Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Gwinnett Braves Luis Durango (30) is congratulated by starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens (49) after delivering a game winning walk off hit against the Toledo Mud Hens at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville on Friday. In game one the Gwinnett Braves defeated the Toledo Mud Hens 3-2.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Walk-off victories are becoming almost commonplace for the Gwinnett Braves.
A day after Stefan Gartrell blasted a long 10th-inning homer against Buffalo, Luis Durango supplied an equally dramatic -- if a lot shorter -- hit.
Durango dumped a single into right field Friday night at Coolray Field to break a just-created tie and give the G-Braves a 3-2 victory over Toledo in the opener of a doubleheader.
No late heroics were needed in the second game as Gwinnett completed the sweep with a 5-2 defeat of the Mud Hens before a crowd of 7,372.
The G-Braves are 5-0 against the Mud Hens with three games remaining. Julio Teheran, 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA, is scheduled to start tonight for Gwinnett against Toledo left-hander Fu-Te Ni, who is 2-0 with a 1:23 ERA.
Durango's hit, which capped a two-run seventh inning, improved Jair Jurrjens' record to 2-0 in three starts since being sent down to Gwinnett from Atlanta to regain his old form.
It was the first complete game for Jurrjens since a one-hit shutout of Baltimore last July 1. He didn't have to go nine innings this time and it looked like the former National League all-star would take the loss until the G-Braves rallied.
Toledo's Adam Wilk had allowed just three hits and led 2-1 going into the seventh inning, the last scheduled frame because of the doubleheader.
Drew Sutton led off with his second hit and Josh Wilson singled with one out. J.C. Boscan walked after Wilk thought he had him struck out and Shawn McGill delivered a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
When the switch-hitting Durango, batting right-handed against lefty Wilk, singled to the opposite field, the G-Braves had a dramatic win and Toledo a bitter loss.
As Gwinnett players celebrated, Wilk (2-2) let home plate umpire Travis Carlson have several verbal blasts.
It was the second hit of the game for Durango, who drove in Gwinnett's first run with a third-inning grounder after a double by Boscan.
Toledo had scored twice in the second inning on a two-out single by Justin Henry. Three of the eight hits against Jurrjens came in the inning.
The right-hander from Curacao wasn't as sharp as he was in going eight innings in a 6-2 victory over Charlotte on Sunday, but he was able to work out of jams.
Toledo had at least one runner reach in all except one inning thanks to the eight hits and a walk. Jurrjens, who struck out two, threw 106 pitches, with 70 of them strikes.
Jurrjens got more efficient as the game wore on. He threw 24 pitches in the first inning, half of them balls.
Wilk, meanwhile, allowed just three hits and a walk through six innings. But the G-Braves matched that in the seventh to pull off the comeback victory.
Gwinnett's only walk-off victory this season before Thursday came on April 16 against Norfolk. Sutton supplied the winning hit in the 12th against the Tides.
In the nightcap of the doubleheader against the Mud Hens, Joey Terdoslavich had two hits and two RBIs as the G-Braves pieced together the victory using four relief pitchers.
Anthony Vavaro started and was followed by Erik Cordier, Adam Russell and Dusty Hughes.
Stefan Gartrell had two hits for the G-Braves and Christian Marrero reached all three times up on two walks and a hit, getting a pair of RBIs.
Toledo starter Brooks Brown, a former University of Georgia pitcher, walked five and was charged with five runs (four earned) in 4 innings.