G-Braves snap eight-game losing streak

NORFOLK, Va. — A soggy Sunday night at Harbor Park turned into a happy one for the Gwinnett Braves as they snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 7-1 win over the Norfolk Tides.

Felix Pie and Terry Tiffee plated two runs apiece, and starter Jair Jurrjens allowed a run over five innings for the win. The game was called after seven innings due to rain.

Brian Friday got the scoring started for the G-Braves in the third inning. After his one-out double, Friday moved to third base on a wild pitch from Norfolk starting pitcher Zach Petersime. An RBI groundout by Luis Durango gave Gwinnett a 1-0 lead. Pie followed Durango and blasted a 2-2 pitch from Petersime over the right field wall for his sixth home run of the year, expanding the lead to 2-0.

Meanwhile, Jurrjens (4-6) had one of his best starts with Gwinnett in recent memory, limiting the Tides to just three hits over five innings. His only blemish was a leadoff home run by Ryan Adams in the fourth inning, a ball that barely cleared the left-center wall. Adams’ fourth homer of the year cut the Gwinnett lead to 2-1.

The game was delayed 34 minutes before the first pitch because of rain, and after three innings of dry baseball, the rains returned in the fourth inning. But the two teams played on through the raindrops. As the rains got heavier in the seventh inning, the G-Braves’ bats got hot.

Shawn McGill led off the inning by reaching on a fielding error committed by Norfolk shortstop Blake Davis. After stealing second and taking third on a wild pitch, McGill would score on another double by Friday. Pie followed with a double scoring Friday, and after a single by Ernesto Mejia put a pair aboard, Tiffee came through with a two-run double to raise the lead to 6-1. Ruben Gotay added an RBI single scoring Tiffee to cap the inning.

Andy Russell relieved Jurrjens after the fifth and pitched two scoreless, two-hit innings for his second save. The game was stopped for good by rain following the bottom of the seventh.

Petersime (0-3) yielded two runs on five hits over five innings in the start for Norfolk. Sean Gleason gave up five runs, three earned on six hits over two innings of relief.

Pie (2-for-4, HR, two runs, two RBIs), Gotay (2-for-3, RBI) and Friday (2-for-3, two runs, RBI) all had multi-hit games for Gwinnett, while Tiffee (1-for-4, run, two RBIs) added a multi-RBI game. Gwinnett’s seven runs scored were the club’s most since a 13-10 win in 11 innings on August 19 at Durham.

Adams went 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI for Norfolk.

The G-Braves (62-81) close out the four-game series against the Norfolk Tides (73-70) and play their final game of the 2012 season on Monday afternoon at Harbor Park. First pitch is scheduled for 12:15 PM. Left-hander Sean Gilmartin (1-1, 4.28) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves against right-hander Jake Arrieta (4-4, 4.24) of the Tides.