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G-Braves drop 10th straight in 7-3 loss to Pawtucket

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LAWRENCEVILLE -- With one out and the bases loaded, Daniel Rodriguez got the play he needed.

Pawtucket's Ronald Bermudez tapped a soft come-backer toward the pitcher Rodriguez who snatched the ball and threw to catcher Jose Yepez for the second out at home on the ideal double-play ball. But Yepez's throw for the inning-ending out at first base sailed past Ernesto Mejia and into the right field corner turning the end of the inning into a rally for the Class AAA Red Sox. Two runs scored on the play and three in the inning setting up a 7-3 G-Braves loss, the 10th in a row for the Atlanta Braves affiliate.

"It happens," manager Randy Ready said of the error. "We're still in it. We're still chipping away."

Until the error-aided rally, the G-Braves had put themselves in a good position, leading 2-0 against the high-scoring PawSox.

Todd Cunningham, who's raised his average to .243, lead the game off with a double to left field and the resurgent Joey Terdoslavich followed with his sixth home run of the season to right-center field. Terdoslavich was 2-for-4 and Tuesday was his fourth multi-hit game in his last 10. He has six RBIs, two home runs and two doubles in the stretch. He's hitting .341 on the season.

On the mound, Rodriguez cruised into the fourth inning riding eight consecutive outs, including five strikeouts and in position to pick up his second win of the season.

Suddenly, the strike zone vanished.

Rodriguez walked three of the first five batters of the inning, mixing in an RBI single, to load the bases with one out and the G-Braves suddenly clinging to a 2-1 lead. Then came the critical error and the G-Braves losing ways returned. They stranded eight runners on base and hit 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

"He pitched well," Ready said. "It looked like he was a little frustrated a little bit. It got away from him a little bit. It looked like he was frustrated with a couple of borderline calls, but you've got to pitch through it."

Rodriguez left the game with Gwinnett trailing 3-2, in the seventh. Over his six innings he allowed two earned runs, struck out six and walked four. Ryan Buchter allowed one run over 1 with a pair of strikeouts. But the struggles continued for Andrew Russell who walked two, hit two and allowed one hit in a three-run ninth for Pawtucket.

"Those guys are still growing," Ready said. "The biggest thing is we just aren't putting guys away. That's the biggest difference right now. When we were going good, we were attacking the zone and now it seems like the zone is getting away from us."

On the second hit batter, Brandon Snyder, Ready was ejected for arguing the batter swung, the team's first ejection of the year.

"I saw the swing. He definitely offered at it," Ready said of the play. "We are all in the business of trying to get the call right, it just didn't go our way."

Alden Carrithers homered in the ninth for the G-Braves final run, his first homer of the season.

Notes: The Atlanta Braves signed and Gwinnett added outfielder Brandon Boggs before Tuesday's game. The team released light-hitting Jordan Parraz to make room for Boggs. The Pope High School graduated and former Georgia Tech player last played for Class AAA Rochester in the Minnesota Twins system. A fourth round draft pick, the switch-hitting Boggs was hitting just .184 in 21 games with the Red Wings.