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Gwinnett rallies from five down for 13-8 win

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Nothing went right for the G-Braves at the start.

They gave up five runs in the first inning, committed a pair of errors and by the end of the second inning were on their second pitcher of the night.

But a 7-2 deficit turned into a 13-8 win with an offensive explosion and another solid outing from the bullpen.

"I thought we had good at-bats," Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage said. "We weren't easy outs tonight."

Gwinnett had three two-run home runs, including what ended up the game-winner off the bat of Joey Terdoslavich and only failed to score a run in one inning. Terdoslavich ended the night 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored. The offensive output helped cover up a three-error night at third for the switch hitter.

"It felt good," Terdoslavich said. "It was a big part of the game and it was just good to put the barrel on it.

"I am just trying to grind out at-bats."

But as much as the runs were needed, it was the bullpen's dominance that made the rally possible.

Jose Lugo entered with two outs in the second and proceeded to allow just one run off three hits with six strikeouts over the next four innings. When he left the game, it was tied at 8-8, a far cry from the 7-2 game he walked in to. It was his first Class AAA outing since being recalled Wednesday from Class AA Mississippi.

"I credit double-A," Brundage said. "Double-A helped us win the ballgame today. (Lugo) did a good job in double-A, he solidified the rotation down there.

"Lugo, he was the MVP early on."

Along with Lugo, Buddy Carlyle and Cory Gearrin were part of 7 innings of relief where the trio struck out 10 and allowed just one run off four hits.

Things went bad for Junge from the start. The right-hander walked the first batter he faced and followed that with back-to-back singles to load the bases. Terdoslavich dropped a line drive to third base for his 17th error of the season allowing the first of five runs in the inning to score.

Sean Burroughs doubled to clear the bases and reached third on the 18th Terdoslavich error of the season, a dropped ball as he attempted to tag the sliding Burroughs. He scored on a double by Clete Thomas in a 10-batter first inning.

The G-Braves took two runs back in the bottom half with RBIs by Stefan Gartrell and Terdoslavich. Terdoslavich was thrown out on the hit, trying to stretch it into a double, ending the inning.

"I thought those were the most important two runs," Brundage said. "We came out and made a couple of mistakes and those two runs were the biggest. There is such a big difference being down 5-0 and allowing a pitcher to go to work and (Rochester starter Matt Maloney) can because he throws strikes."

The second inning didn't improve much for Junge, who was pulled with two outs after allowing two more runs off three hits. Junge, who had pitched at least seven innings in his previous eight starts, gave way to Jose Lugo after just 1 innings. He allowed seven runs, five earned, off seven hits, he struck out two and walked two.

Down 7-2, the G-Braves started chipping away. Boscan knocked in Felix Pie with an RBI groundout in the second and Gartrell cut the deficit to 7-5 with his 11th home run of the season, a two-run shot on the first pitch in the third.

And that was enough for Maloney. The lefty, making his first start of the season, left after three innings, allowing five runs off five hits with no strikeouts or walks.

Unlike Lugo, who stopped the bleeding runs, The G-Braves hit Rochester reliever Esmerling Vasquez well. The G-Braves scored three runs in the first two innings of Vasquez's night, including a two-run blast by Ernesto Mejia that briefly gave Gwinnett a 8-7 lead and got Junge off the hook for the loss in the fifth.

"We got some power from the middle of our lineup," Brundage said.

Jose Constanza upped his average to .307 with a 3-for-5 night with three runs scored.

"I have just been hitting in the cage and with the machine," Constanza said.

Lugo allowed his lone run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth inning after he walked one and hit two batters to load the bases. But with two outs, Carlyle entered and quickly coaxed a flyout to end the threat and keep the game tied at 8-8.

Terdoslavich's game-winning home run came in the bottom of the seventh and the G-Braves added three more runs in the eighth with a 2-RBI single by Mejia that plated three runs after a Rochester error let Gartrell score from first. Mejia ended the night 2-for-5 with four RBIs and Gartrell went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and four runs scored. Of Gwinnett's 15 hits, 12 came from the Nos. 2 through 5 hitters.

"We earned our way back into the ballgame," Brundage said.