LAWRENCEVILLE -- Having scored just five times in their previous four games, the Gwinnett Braves are still struggling to tally runs.
But in Saturday night's opener of their brief two-game series with the Durham Bulls, the G-Braves got just enough production from the bottom of their batting order, plus a strong pitching performance from Kameron Loe and the bullpen, to gain a 2-0 win before 4,971 fans at Coolray Field.
Loe (3-2) threw five shutout innings, giving up just three hits and striking out two, before a rain delay forced his night to an early end.
Meanwhile, three relievers came out of the bullpen to help secure just the second Gwinnett victory in the last eight games.
And it was Phil Gosselin and Sean Kazmer combining for three of the G-Braves' five hits on the night out of the eight and nine holes in the Gwinnett batting order to give those pitchers all the support they would need.
The G-Braves broke out on top 1-0 in the bottom of the third when Phil Gosselin drove a triple into the gap in right-center and came home on Sean Kazmar's infield single down the first-base line.
The pair struck again after Mike Montgomery (4-3) retired the first two Gwinnett hitters two innings later.
This time, Gosselin drew a two-out walk before Kazmar lined a double into the right-field corner, sending the second baseman speeding around the bases to score all the way from first to extend the G-Braves' lead to 2-0.
Kazmar, who has seven of his 20 RBIs on the season against Durham, finished the night 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Gosselin was 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
The heavy rain that started prior to Kazmar's at-bat then halted play before Jose Constanza could come to the plate to continue the inning.
The ensuing 51-minute delay also marked the end of the night for both Montgomery and Loe.
But Mark Lamm, Wifrin Obispo and Cory Rasmus kept the International League's South Division-leading Bulls at bay, combining to give up just one hit and one walk with five strikeouts over the final four innings, with Rasmus picking up his ninth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
The two teams complete the series today at 5:05 p.m. at Coolray Field, with right-hander David Hale (3-3, 3.75 ERA) pitching for the G-Braves and right-hander Merrill Kelly (2-0, 2.63 ERA) getting the start for the Bulls.