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Teheran bounces back to end road trip with G-Braves win

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings, leading the Gwinnett Braves (27-19) to a 3-1 win over the Rochester Red Wings (19-26) in the finale of the four-game series Tuesday afternoon at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y.

The G-Braves plated two in the top of the first and held on to the lead from there. Luis Durango and Felix Pie led off the game against Rochester starting pitcher Daryl Thompson with back-to-back bunt singles. Stefan Gartrell followed with a single to left to load the bases with no one out. Ernesto Mejia hit into a 5-2-3 double play leaving runners on second and third with two outs, but Christian Marrero delivered a clutch two-out single to right scoring Durango and Pie for a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second, Teheran gave up what would be his only run of the day, a lead-off solo homer to Chris Parmelee (1).

Gwinnett got that run back in the top of the fourth. Jose Yepez led off with a single to center and, with one out, moved to third on a double by the newest G-Brave, second baseman Lance Zawadzki. Durango followed with a single to right, scoring Yepez from third and extending the lead to 3-1.

The G-Braves had many other opportunities to add to the lead as they collected 12 hits, leaving nine on base.

Teheran (4-2) gave up only four hits and one earned run in his seven innings of work. He walked two and struck out three in a bounce-back game for the Braves top pitching prospect. In his last start, the right-hander was tagged for four runs off seven hits in just 2 innings, walking five and striking out just two.

Anthony Varvaro worked the first two outs of the eighth inning with a hit, a walk and a strikeout. Dusty Hughes completed the eighth by retiring the one batter he faced. Cory Gearrin worked a scoreless ninth for his fourth save with one strikeout.

Durango paced the Gwinnett 12-hit attack with a 3-for-5 day and one RBI. Pie and Yepez each finished with two hits.