G-Braves late push falls just short against Rochester

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Braves have been pretty good at rallies in the last few weeks.

Six of their last eight wins have been on comebacks.

Instead of adding to that Tuesday, despite a good push, the G-Braves' fell just shy and lost for the fifth time in the last six games.

Rochester grabbed a 4-0 lead in the sixth and held on for a 4-3 series-opening victory at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.

"It was all set up all night to push some runs across the plate, we just lacked that one timely hit," manager Randy Ready said. "Four runs, we're still in there. We're one run away and we're fighting until the end."

Gwinnett (26-35) escaped a fix in the third with limited damage, giving up just one run to the Red Wings despite having the bases loaded.

Starter Sean Gilmartin induced a pop-up to shortshop Paul Janish that ended the inning and kept it a 1-0 game.

Deibinson Romero's rip to right field scored the only run after Rochester (27-32) led off the third with back-to-back singles.

The G-Braves had runners in scoring position in the half innings before and after that strike, but stranded them all.

"(Despite) the 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 guys on, we had some chances," Ready said. "(Starter Kyle) Gibson is tough. He was supposed to be in (Minnesota's) rotation at the beginning of the year and he's down here working on some things. But he has some of the better stuff we've seen this year."

Gwinnett left two on again in the fifth and got burned in the sixth.

The Red Wings broke the game open with three runs. Jeff Clement led off with a sharp single to center field. After a fly out, Eric Farris doubled and Doug Bernier was intentionally walked to load the bases. Eric Fryer, a .200 hitter in the No. 9 hole, blasted a 0-1 pitch to far left field to bring in all three runners.

Gilmartin (L, 3-5) got the next two batters out, but it was just enough of a lead for the Red Wings this time around.

The G-Braves cut the expanded deficit in half with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Ernesto Mejia singled and Joey Terdoslavich worked a walk to start the inning. Brandon Boggs flew out to center, but both Mejia and Terdoslavich advanced. Their respective slides, just under throws at third and second, made it possible for both to score on a single from Janish.

"Janish came through with a big two-run single there," Ready said. "That was huge when we couldn't get them in before that. That kind of gave us some life."

Gwinnett further carved into the lead in the seventh, scoring on a double-play ball.

Jose Constanza (3-for-4) led off with a walk, stole second and scampered to third on a wild pitch. Tyler Pastornicky grounded into a double play, but Constanza still scored to make it 4-3.

The G-Braves had a chance in the ninth with Pastornicky aboard courtesy of a walk and Mejia up. But Mejia, one of the team's biggest hitters, struck out swinging.