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G-Braves ride Gartrell, Terdoslavich to 11-3 win

LAWRENCEVILLE -- In the first inning, things looked bad.

Gwinnett Braves starter Omar Poveda loaded the bases with no outs. He walked the first batter and followed that by allowing two straight singles. Even after a sacrifice fly and a groundout, he walked the bases loaded again and then allowed an RBI single to the No. 7 hitter. But a strong play by third baseman Joe Leonard ended the inning to retire Ray Olmedo ended the potentially disastrous inning with the G-Braves trailing 2-0.

"That was a hot-shot," manager Randy Ready said. "He's got such good hands, it hit him in the arm. He's fun to watch."

Then, against Rochester starter Vance Worley, the Gwinnett bats went to work. With two outs, Tyler Pastornicky and Ernesto Mejia both singled and hot-hitting Joey Terdoslavich knocked them both in with a single to tie the game

"Boom, we have a new game," Ready said. "It was a good answer to the runs that they scored."

It gave Poveda a fresh start and he took it.

After the first inning, the team leader in quality starts, allowed just one more run over his last five innings. He finished the night with his ninth quality start, allowing three runs off of eight hits, striking out five and walking four. He left with Gwinnett leading 7-3 and the G-Braves ended a three-game losing streak with an 11-3 win. It was Poveda's third win of the season and his first since May 16 at Pawtucket.

"He limited damage even with runners," Ready said.

After rallying to tie the game with two outs the bottom of the first, the G-Braves put up a bigger two-out rally in the third. With two on, Terdoslavich singled again for his third RBI of the game and fifth three-RBI game of the season. The league leader in hits finished the game 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Stefan Gartrell followed Terdoslavich with his second home run of the season for Gwinnett, a 3-run bomb to left-center. The homer came after three days off for the slugger, who's 47 home runs as a Gwinnett Brave is a team record. Gartrell finished the game 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored in his first start since May 26.

"It's a mental thing," he said of staying sharp while not playing. "The thing is not to get too frustrated about not playing. Knowing it doesn't matter if I've been playing (helps). If I'm mentally ready, I'll be ready (to play)."

The five runs match a season high for runs in an inning for Gwinnett this season, the last coming in an 11-run game Sunday at Lehigh Valley.

"We were finally in control of a game," Ready said. "That was the whole atmosphere, the whole environment."

The seven runs all came off Rochester starter Worley, the opening day starter for the Minnesota Twins this season before being optioned to Class AAA after going 1-5 with a 7.21 ERA in 10 big league starts. He lasted just three innings Thursday, allowing seven runs, two earned, off of eight hits. He struck out two and walked one.

"We came out really hard against a really good pitcher," Gartrell said.

Gwinnett added three more runs in the seventh off just one hit against Anthony Slama. Slama walked three, threw a wild pitch and gave up a two-RBI single to Jose Constanza, the leadoff hitter's second hit of the night. The G-Braves added their final run in the eighth on an RBI single by Pastornicky after Todd Cunningham led off with a triple.

Notes: Rehabbing Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy will make a rehab start with the G-Braves in Saturday's 7 p.m. game against Columbus. ... Tyler Pastornicky singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to nine games ... Cory Rasmus opened the ninth inning by getting a ground ball out by Chris Colabello. He struck out Colabello for his first major league strikeout on May 22.