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G-Braves back up Poveda, win again

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--Omar Poveda worked eight strong innings and was backed up by an 11-hit attack as the Gwinnett Braves held off the Pawtucket Red Sox 6-4 on Thursday.

Povedawas sharp, giving up one run through his eight innings of work.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth, when the G-Braves scored an unearned run off of Red Sox starter Rubby De La Rosa. Brandon Boggs drew a two out walk and scored from first when rightfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker misplayed a line drive off the bat of Joe Leonard for a two-base error, making it 1-0.

The G-Braves, winners of four of their last five games, struck again in the top of the sixth. Joey Terdoslavich led off the inning with a walk off reliever Chris Hernandez and scored from first on a double in the gap by Boggs, pushing the lead to 2-0.

In the top of the seventh, Jose Constanza dropped a one out single to left center and scored ahead of Todd Cunningham, who followed with a two-run homer to left for a 4-0 Gwinnett lead. The hit by Constanza extended his hitting streak to 13 games, which is tied for the longest in the International League this season.

The Red Sox scored their only run off of Poveda in the bottom of the eighth, as Jose Iglesias drove a two-out single to center scoring Brock Holt from second, who had doubled earlier in the frame.The hit cut the Gwinnett lead to 4-1.

But in the top of the ninth, the G-Braves added two more. Paul Janish led off with a single, moved to second on a groundout by Constanza and scored on a double down the third base line by Cunningham, making it 5-1. Cunningham scored the Braves' final run on an RBI single by Tyler Pastornicky.

The Red Sox made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth against reliever Wirfin Obispo. The right-hander walked two batters, gave up two hits and with two outs allowed three runs to score, cutting the lead to 6-4. The Braves brought Cory Rasmus in from the bullpen, and with the tying run at the plate, Rasmus got Alberto Rosario to ground out to third to end the game.

Poveda hurled his sixth straight quality start. He worked 8.0 innings, scattered seven hits, allowed one earned run, one walk and recorded three strikeouts. Rasmus (S, 7) converted his seventh save of the season, retiring the last batter in the final frame.

Paw Sox starter De La Rosa worked 4.0 innings, earning his first loss of the season. He gave up one hit and one unearned run, while walking four and striking out three. Hernandez worked the final 5.0 innings, yielding 10 hits, giving up five earned runs, while walking one and striking out two.

Cunningham had the big night at the plate for Gwinnett, going 3-for-4 with a homer, double and three RBI.Pastornicky was 3-for-5.