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G-Braves comeback ends run short

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- A furious two-out rally in the ninth inning came up just short for the Gwinnett Braves in a 10-9 loss at Lehigh Valley.

The G-Braves entered the final at-bat trailing 10-6 and IronPigs reliever Jake Diekman quickly struck out Brandon Boggs and Todd Cunningham. But with two outs, Tyler Pastornicky singled. Ernesto Mejia drove him in with a double and Joey Terdoslavich followed with an RBI single to right field, his 36th RBI of the season. Joe Leonard then tripled to score Terdoslavich and put the tying run on third base. But on the first pitch Matt Pagnozzi grounded out to shortstop and the G-Braves lost their second straight to Lehigh Valley.

Gwinnett got a solid start from Omar Poveda, throwing five innings and allowing four runs off of six hits. He struck out three and walked two. But he left with the game tied and after a scoreless sixth for Wirfin Obisbo, Juan Cedeno didn't fair as well. The lefty allowed three runs in just of an inning before Kameron Loe had to enter to end the inning. Pat Egan followed Loe and also allowed three runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Egan's inning followed a two-run burst from the G-Braves on a two-RBI double from Pagnozzi in the top half of the inning to pull within one run at 7-6.

Offensively for the G-Braves, Mejia went 4-for-5 and scored three runs and drove in three runs, Pastornicky and Leonard each had three hits and Pagnozzi finished 2-for-5.