Gwinnett Braves/Karl Moore
Gwinnett Braves Phil Gosselin swings at a pitch during Monday's win at Coolray Field.
LAWRENCEVILLE — Both the Gwinnett Braves and its starting pitcher showed plenty of bounce back in Monday night's game with the Norfolk Tides.
Joe Bisenius shook off a shaky first three innings, while the G-Braves rallied from an early four-run deficit behind Phil Gosselin and Brandon Boggs to post an 8-4 win before 2,652 fans at Coolray Field.
Bisenius (3-1), went five innings, scattering eight hits and four runs — only two earned — with four strikeouts, while Gosseling went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs and Boggs was 2-for-4 and drove in two runs as the G-Braves won for just the third time in 11 meetings with Norfolk this season.
"We were just kind of sloppy (in the field) at the beginning of the game, which is uncharacteristic," Gwinnett manager Randy Ready said. "But we scored some runs, and it allowed (Bisenius) a chance to settle in."
Throwing errors, one on catcher Jose Yepez on Xavier Avery's stolen base and another on a Bisenius pick-off attempt, led to unearned runs in each of the first two innings that left Norfolk leading 2-0.
And the Tides teed off on Bisenius in the top of the third for Henry Urrutia's lead-off triple, an RBI double from Danny Valencia and a run-scoring single by L.J. Hoes to extend their lead to 4-0.
But the 30-year-old right-hander settled down, retiring eight of the next 10 batters he faced.
That allowed the G-Braves' offense to go to work, which they began to do in the bottom of the third.
Phil Gosselin jumped on a mistake on a 2-2 pitch from Tides starter Jake Pettit (3-2) to launch a long solo homer to left lead off the inning.
"We faced (Pettit) last week (in Norfolk), and I think it might've taken us one time aroun the order to lock in our approach and figure out what we were going to do against him," said Gosselin, who was in just his 13th game in Gwinnett since being promoted from Double-A Mississippi in June 23, and has four hits in his last eight at bats. "It was just a hanging change-up. I was just trying to put it in play with two strikes and (Pettit) left it out over the plate, and I was able to put a good swing on it."
Boggs later added a two-out double to pull Gwinnett to within 4-3.
Two innings later, the G-Braves put together some two-out lightning to gain the lead.
With Todd Cunningham on first following a single, Stefan Gartrell extended the inning with a two-out walk.
Joe Leonard, Luis Nunez, Yepez and Gosselin then delivered four straight RBI singles off Pettit and reliever Chris Jones to vault the G-Braves into the lead at 7-4.
Gosselin's RBI ground-out in the bottom of the seventh extended the lead to 8-4, though that lead looked in jeopardy after Hoes and Yamaico Navarro sandwiched walks around Alex Liddi's single off Ryan Buchter to load the bases with nobody out in the top of the eighth.
But Nunez made a leaping grab of pinch-hitter Zelous Wheeler's high chopper, stepped on third for the force and fired home, where Yepez applied the tag Hoes and complete the double play.
Buchter then got Chris Snyder to ground out to third, and Gwinnett's four-run lead remained intact.
"That was a big double play that Nunez made, … and Buck gets out of the inning," Ready said. "That was huge. Then Rass comes in the ninth and quietly shuts them down."
Indeed, Cory Rasmus set down Norfolk in order in the ninth to close out a stretch of four shutout innings by the bullpen — including one by Buchter and two from Juan Cedeno — and the game.