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Mejia powers G-Braves to victory

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Ernesto Mejia continued his offensive surge on the G-Braves’ road trip through the northeast, as the first baseman drove in four runs with a homer, double and a sac fly, pacing Gwinnett (15-26) to a 6-4 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox (24-16) in game two of the four game series at McCoy Stadium.

Mejia is now 8-for-20 (.400) through the first six games of the road trip with three homers and six RBIs.

The game did not start well for the Braves and starting pitcher Tim Corcoran, as the Red Sox touched him for four runs on five hits in the bottom of the first. The big blows were a solo homer from Jonathan Diaz and a two-run double from Dan Butler.

However, Corcoran did not get rattled and allowed only two hits the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, Mejia led the Braves offense back into the game. In the top of the second, Mejia drilled a solo homer into the stiff wind in left off of Red Sox starter Steven Wright to cut the lead to 4-1. Joey Terdoslavich followed with a single, moved to second on a passed ball and to third on another passed ball. Luis Nunez drove in Terdoslavich with a sac fly to center to cut the Sox’s lead in half at 4-2.

In the top of the fifth, Jose Constanza, in his first game back since being placed on the DL with a thumb injury on April 28th, singled to center. The hit extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Jason Heyward reached first on a fielder’s choice, forcing Constanza out at second. Tyler Pastornicky grounded a single to right to move Heyward to third. Both scored on a long double to left-center by Mejia that tied the game at 4-4.

In the top of the seventh, the G-Braves broke the deadlock. With reliever Graham Godfrey on the mound, Constanza reached on an error by second baseman Brock Holt. Constanza stole second and moved to third on a single to left by Heyward. Todd Cunningham replaced Heyward as a pinch runner at first. Pastornicky loaded the bases for Mejia with a walk. Mejia lifted a sac fly to left scoring Constanza for a 5-4 Gwinnett lead, also allowing Cunningham to move to third on the play. Terdoslavich then hit a sac fly to left, scoring Cunningham for a 6-4 G-Braves lead.

After a rough first inning, Corcoran was solid. He went 5.2 innings with seven hits, four earned runs, three walks and six strikeouts. However, he did not figure into the decision. The win went to Kameron Loe (W, 2-0) who worked 2.1 scoreless, hitless innings. Cory Rasmus (S, 6) pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth for his sixth save in six tries.

Wright worked 4.2 innings for a no decision. He gave up seven hits, four runs, three earned, allowing four walks and striking out three. Godfrey (L, 2-3) picked up the loss, allowing two unearned runs in 2.1 innings of baseball. He walked two and struck out two.

Mejia had a 2-for-4 night with the homer, a double and 4 RBI. Terdoslavich was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Heyward went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk.

Bryce Brentz led the Pawtucket charge with a 2-for-3 night.

The G-Braves and Red Sox will play game three of the series Thursday night at McCoy Stadium. RHP Omar Poveda (2-2, 2.56) will start for the Braves. The Red Sox will pitch RHP Rubby De La Rose (0-0, 5.40).