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G-Braves Teheran nearing his 2011 top form in win over Toledo

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Although still good, Julio Teheran hadn't dominated like he did last season while leading the International League with 15 victories and being named most valuable pitcher.

The curveball was just as difficult to hit, but the command of the fastball and consistency with the changeup had often been missing.

But the top Atlanta Braves prospect allowed just an unearned run over six innings against Buffalo on Monday, giving a glimpse of last year.

"He was visibly sharper," G-Braves manager Dave Brundage said of that outing. "He had command of his fastball and he got his changeup over the plate. The curveball has been his constant. Put them all together and you have the Julio who dominated this league last year."

Teheran was nearer that Saturday night before a crowd of 8,096 at Coolray Field, working a season-long seven innings in a 3-2 victory over Toledo and striking out seven while improving to 3-1 with 2.48 ERA.

The right-hander from Colombia allowed five hits, including a second inning homer to Audi Ciriaco. But his fastball reached 96 mph and he was able to work out of each jam he got into.

Toledo went down in order only in the seventh inning against Teheran, who walked one and hit a batter. He threw 99 pitches, 67 of them strikes.

Ernesto Mejia staked the G-Braves to a quick lead with a three-run homer off soft-tossing Toledo left-hander Fu-Te Ni in the first inning. Mejia's fifth homer of the year came after Luis Durango walked and Stefan Gartrell was hit by a pitch.

The G-Braves got just three hits in seven innings off Ni (2-1) and only four for the game. But the early lead held up as South Division-leader Gwinnett (23-13) defeated Toledo (20-16) for the sixth straight time this season.

The Mud Hens got an unearned run in the eighth inning against Jason Rice on a pair of errors by G-Braves third baseman Joey Terdoslavich and a wild pitch on a strikeout.

But Jaye Chapman pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth by Ciriaco to record his third save.

Toledo manager Phil Nevin wasn't around to see the end of the game. He was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing a balk call.

The G-Braves and Mud Hens play Game 4 of the five-game series today at 2:05 p.m. Eric Junge (3-3, 3.09 ERA) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves against top Detroit prospect Jacob Turner, making his first start for Toledo.