LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Braves won their first home game since April 22 with a 5-2 victory in the nightcap of a doubleheader against Louisville on Monday.
Sean Kazmar snapped a 0-for-31 hitless streak and helped spark an early comeback which Gwinnett carried through to the end of Game 2 at Coolray Field.
Jose Yepez started the G-Braves' two-out rally after they again spotted Louisville a first-inning lead.
Yepez was hit by a pitch and key knocks at the bottom of the order loaded the bases.
Kazmar singled on a line drive and starter Tim Corcoran became the first pitcher since Tommy Hanson on Aug. 12 to get a hit for Gwinnett.
Back-to-back walks to Jose Constanza and Todd Cunningham pushed in the tying and go-ahead runs.
A diving snag by speedy center fielder Billy Hamilton ended the threat with the bases still loaded, but Joey Terdoslavich hammered a third-inning solo homer out of the park to give the G-Braves a little more breathing room.
“It was kind of like (Corcoran's) night,” manager Randy Ready said. “Running the bases might have taken something out of him, but good job swinging the bat. And of course that was a big hit by Kaz to tack on to the lead.
“It was nice to get out of here with the split, for sure.”
Kazmar stayed in a groove with two-out, two-RBI double in the fifth inning. Kazmar's scorcher down the third-base line scored Alden Carrithers and Yepez to extend Gwinnett's lead to 5-1.
Corcoran earned the win and Kameron Loe picked up the save for the G-Braves (17-29). Corcoran allowed just one run off eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
“Cork gave us a chance to win in that second game,” Ready said. “He pitcher really nicely and kept them at bay. Then Kam did a good job closing it out before they got too much fuel going there.”
The G-Braves also rallied from an early deficit in Game 1, grabbing a 3-2 lead in the first inning. But they weren't able to hold that one for long and lost 8-5.
Terdoslavich ripped a two-out double, one of two in the game for him, down the first-base line. Ernesto Mejia roped an RBI single to right center to score Terdoslavich. Brandon Boggs followed that up with a two-run homer blasted over the fence in center.
But Louisville came right back in the second to retake the lead and kept Gwinnett in its rear-view mirror for the duration. The Bats had three home runs in the seven-inning win, two off starter Sean Gilmartin (L, 2-3). Gilmartin gave up seven earned runs on nine hits and struck out just one in four innings.
A good bit of the damage was done by Denis Phipps, who was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Terdoslavich and Mejia were both 2-for-4. Boggs was 2-for-3.
“I thought we played a couple of pretty good games; solid defensively,” Ready said. “In the first game Gilly was just having trouble with his location and the ball was carrying pretty good due to the weather or the little bit earlier start.
“We kept plugging away, we just kind of ran out of innings.”