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Skid continues as G-Braves swept in doubleheader

LAWRENCEVILLE — Since they are two teams playing polar opposite baseball, the Gwinnett Braves have to be happy that Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has left town.

The RailRiders won 5-1 and 2-1 at Coolray Field to sweep a make-up doubleheader Sunday and have now won eight in a row.

That’s the same number of consecutive games that have been lost by the G-Braves, who begin a four-game home series with Pawtucket on Monday night.

Gwinnett (12-19) had just seven hits combined in the two seven-inning games, while the RailRiders (17-11) never trailed in the doubleheader.

The G-Braves didn’t have a hit in the first game until Joe Leonard singled when Scranton was two outs away from a combined no-hitter. The shutout ended when Alden Carrithers later delivered a RBI hit.

New York Yankees prospect Dellin Betances (2-1) pitched the first five innings and struck out four.

Tim Corcoran (1-3) look the loss for the G-Braves, giving up a two-run homer to Zoilo Almonte.

Scranton’s Chris Bootcheck (4-0) pitched six innings in the second game and allowed one run and four hits. Ronnier Mustelier hit a home run off Cole McCurry (0-1) in the sixth inning to break a tie.

Carrithers had two hits in the doubleheader and drove in both Gwinnett runs. Matt Kennelly was 2-for-3 in the second game.