DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham Bulls finished off a three-game sweep of the Gwinnett Braves with a 2-1 win on Sunday in the finale of the series at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Atlanta Braves’ right-hander Brandon Beachy turned in four innings of one-run baseball in his fifth rehab start for the G-Braves.
The Bulls (63-35) got a run off Beachy in the bottom of the second inning. Leslie Anderson led off with a single, and walks to Brandon Guyer and Mike Fontenot loaded the bases. Evan Frey then plated Anderson with a sacrifice fly to left, giving Durham a 1-0 lead.
The only other run for the Bulls came in the bottom of the seventh inning with right-hander Omar Poveda on the mound as Anderson (12) drilled a two-out, 3-1 pitch to right for a solo homer to make it 2-0.
After eight innings of being shut out, the G-Braves (41-57) made a run in the top of the ninth. With reliever Josh Lueke now in to pitch, Sean Kazmar drew a lead-off walk and moved to second on a single by Alden Carrithers. Phil Gosselin moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt, and with two out and Ernesto Mejia at the plate, a wild pitched scored Kazmar from third to make it 2-1. However, with Carrithers now on third as the tying run, Mejia flied out to shallow center to end the game.
Beachy (L, 0-3) went 4.0 solid innings with four hits, one earned run, two walks and four strikeouts. He threw 70 pitches, 43 for strikes. Poveda pitched 4.0 innings with two hits, one earned run and five strikeouts.
Durham starter J.D. Martin (W, 11-4) went 5.0 innings for the win. He gave up two hits, one walk and struck out five. Steve Geltz pitched a scoreless sixth with one strikeout. Adam Liberatore worked a scoreless seventh with three strikeouts. Cory Wade worked a scoreless eighth with one walk. Lueke (S, 12) worked the ninth with one hit, one earned run, one walk and one strikeout.
Carrithers, Stefan Gartrell and Brandon Boggs each had a single accounting for the three Gwinnett hits.
For Durham, Anderson’s 12th homer was one of his three hits in a 3-for-3 day.
The G-Braves are off for the AAA All-Star Break from Monday through Wednesday. The team returns to action on Thursday as it opens a four-game home series against the Indianapolis Indians, the AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.