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G-Braves swept to end trip to Indy

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Indians (20-7) rode the pitching of starter Francisco Liriano, a solid bullpen and timely hitting to a 9-2 win over the Gwinnett Braves (12-15) on Tuesday afternoon in the finale of the four-game series at Victory Field.

After starting the road trip 3-1, the G-Braves dropped their next four to finish 3-5 away from home.

G-Braves starter Daniel Rodriguez (L, 1-2) had entered the game with a 14 inning scoreless streak on the line. However, that quickly changed in the first on an RBI by Alex Presley. Up 2-0, Indianapolis broke the game open in the bottom of the third with a five-run frame to put the G-Braves away.

The G-Braves finally tallied in the top of the fifth, as third baseman Joe Leonard tripled to right center and scored on a sac fly by shortstop Sean Kazmar.

The Braves added another run in the top of the ninth, but it would not be enough as the Indians finished the four-game sweep of the G-Braves.

After Rodriguez left the game, the bullpen did a nice job in relief. Four relievers combined to toss 5 innings, yielding six hits, two runs and striking out three. Lefty Dusty Hughes led the way, working 1 innings on the day. He allowed one hit and struck out two.

In his second minor league rehab start, Liriano (W, 2-0) was superb. He worked 6 innings, gave up four hits and one earned run. He walked no one, and struck out nine. The Indians bullpen finished it off, allowing three hits and striking out six in the final three frames.

Centerfielder Todd Cunningham led the Braves attack with a 3-for-3 day.

Josh Harrison was 3-for-4 for Indianapolis. Rightfielder Brett Carroll and De Jesus each had two hits, while De Jesus added three RBI.