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McCann goes deep, but G-Braves drop 6th straight

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Brian McCann, proving he's ready for a quick return to the Atlanta Braves, has done what he can to help Gwinnett snap out of its funk.

His hitting hasn't been enough so far, though, to get the G-Braves a needed victory.

McCann hit a home run and also had a single Friday night at cold and wet Coolray Field. But Gwinnett dropped its sixth straight, losing 6-2 to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Two more games remain in McCann's rehab stint and the G-Braves have to hope that the catcher, who had their lone RBI on Thursday, keeps hitting.

Even with him, runs have been hard to come by.

Gwinnett (12-17) has scored just 10 runs during the losing streak and given up 31. Meanwhile, the RailRiders (15-11) have won six straight in their swing through the South Division at the expense of Charlotte and the G-Braves.

At least those in the announced crowd of 6,869 who stuck it out despite the rain got to see McCann go deep. Serving as the designated hitter, he picked on a 2-and-0 pitch from Scranton starter Graham Stoneburner in the fourth inning and hit a drive onto the berm in right-center field.

It was the fourth homer for McCann in six rehab games -- the first three with Class A Rome. He is hitting .389 (7-for-18) and has eight RBIs.

McCann, who had right shoulder surgery in October, is schedule to catch tonight's game against the RailRiders and then serve as the DH in the series finale on Sunday before rejoining the Braves for a road trip that begins Monday in Cincinnati.

Other than McCann, the only player hitting for Gwinnett is Joey Terdoslavich. His homer in the seventh inning off reliever Mark Montgomery was his fifth of the season and gave him a third straight three-hit game.

Terdoslavich is batting .414 (29-for-70) during an 18-game stretch that has seen him have multi-hit outings 12 times.

Stonebruner (2-1) worked five innings and allowed just McCann's homer, two singles by Terdoslavich and one walk. He struck out none, but induced a pair of inning-ending double plays.

Braves starter Johan Flande (1-2) was pulled with two on and none out in the sixth inning and was charged with five runs (four earned). He allowed eight hits, walked none and struck out four.

A two-out double by Addison Maruszuk after a pair of singles gave the RailRiders a 2-0 lead in the first inning. McCann's homer in the fourth inning halved the lead, but Scranton got the run back in the fifth when Corban Joseph had a RBI hit after two singles.

Roman Colon relieved after a double and an error by Flande to open the sixth. Melky Mesa greeted Colon with a two-run double and the third run of the inning scored on a double play.

Notes: G-Braves LF Corey Wimberly appeared to tweak a hamstring running out a double to lead off the sixth inning and had to leave the game. ... SS Paul Janish, who played five games for the G-Braves in mid-April before straining an oblique, began a second 20-game rehab assignment on Friday and was 1-for-3 before leaving for a pinch runner in the seventh inning. He had surgery on his left shoulder last October and missed all of spring training. Janish played in 55 games for Atlanta last year following a trade with Cincinnati. ... Veteran RHP Tim Corcoran (1-2, 3.12 ERA) will start for the G-Braves in the third game of the series tonight against New York Yankees prospect RHP Dellin Betances (1-2, 7.58). ... It will be Gwinnett Hall of Fame Night, with the 2013 class being inducted.