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G-Braves look for a lift from Beachy

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Having a prominent Atlanta Brave rehabbing at Coolray Field hasn't paid off in a victory for Gwinnett yet this season.

Brandon Beachy will try to break that streak.

The right-hander, coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery, will start and pitch three innings today as the G-Braves face Louisville at 2:05 p.m. in the second game of their four-game International League series.

Louisville won the opener 6-5 on Saturday night as right-hander Greg Reynolds (4-0) held the G-Braves to five hits through seven innings and a late Gwinnett rally fell short before a season-high crowd of 8,903 on Freddie Freeman bobblehead night.

The G-Braves, once down by four runs, had the tying run at second base when Ernesto Mejia grounded out to end the game.

Beachy will be the sixth Atlanta player to rehab in Gwinnett when he takes the mound and the G-Braves are 0-5 at home with Brian McCann, Freddie Freeman or Jason Heyward playing.

G-Braves outfielder Brandon Boggs was 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs in the series opener against Louisville, finishing a homer short of hitting for the cycle. But the Bats lived up to their name as six players had multi-hit games.

Hitless through three innings and down 2-0, the G-Braves tied the game on Boggs' two-run double in the fourth. But Louisville went back ahead on Henry Rodriguez's homer in the fifth and broke the game open in the seventh.

G-Braves starter Johan Flande (1-4) allowed a double and two singles without getting an out and all three ended up scoring, the last two thanks to a throwing error by second baseman Tyler Pastornicky. The left-hander gave up 13 hits -- five more than he had in any start this season.

Gwinnett scored twice in the eighth off Jose Arredondo and threatened to complete the comeback against fellow Louisville reliever Johan Pina in the ninth. After hits by Joe Leonard and Jose Constanza to open the inning, Joey Terdoslavich followed a one-out balk with a sacrifice fly. But Pina then got Mejia to end the game.

Beachy's start against Louisville will officially begin his minor league rehab. He worked two innings Tuesday during an extended spring training game in Florida, throwing 29 pitches.

The 28-year-old is likely to make about six rehab starts, most with Gwinnett, before being ready to rejoin Atlanta in the second half of June. He will work on a regular five-day schedule.

Beachy underwent surgery last June 21 after having to leave a start against Baltimore five days earlier because of elbow discomfort. Going into his final start he was leading major league starters in ERA and he finished with a 2.00 mark and a 5-5 record.

He started 25 games for the Braves as a rookie in 2011 and had a 7-3 record with a 3.68 ERA. He struck out 169 in 141 innings.

Left-hander Sean Gilmartin, 2-2 with a 3.10 ERA in seven starts, is scheduled to follow Beachy to the mound against Louisville. The game will be televised by CSS.

Notes: G-Braves LF Constanza extended his hitting streak to 15 games, going 2-for-4 with a walk. ... The Gwinnett bullpen underwent several changes, with RHP Cory Rasmus' promotion to Atlanta just one of the moves. RHP Pat Egan, who pitched two hitless innings in relief against Louisville, was promoted from Class AA Mississippi and RHP Michael Lee sent down to the M-Braves. Meanwhile, RHP Ramon Colon was dealt to Colorado Springs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League for future considerations. ... Gwinnett finished its road trip Friday with a 5-4 loss at Pawtucket as LF Bryce Brentz hit a three-run walk-off homer in the ninth inning against RHP Wirfin Obispo.