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Former Tech star Boggs leads G-Braves to win

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Former Georgia Tech star Brandon Boggs hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning and the bullpen made it stand up as the Gwinnett Braves rallied to knock off Toledo 7-5 at Coolray Field.

Boggs, who was a fourth-round pick in 2004, launched the two-run blast on the first pitch he saw from Toledo reliever Al Alburquerque on to the grassy hill beyond the 400-foot sign in center field.

Boggs, batting as the Braves' designated hitter, now has three multi-RBI games since last Saturday after being signed as a free agent by Atlanta on May 7.

"Boggs has been swinging the bat well and coming up with some extra-base hits for us," Gwinnett manager Randy Ready said. "But I also thought our bullpen came in and did the job for us. Plus, we've been playing solid defense and we got a couple of double plays in the middle that were big and got us out of some jams."

Gwinnett (18-30) trailed 5-2 entering the sixth inning, but the Braves put a four spot on the scoreboard to take a lead they would never relinquish.

Todd Cunningham singled and Tyler Pastornicky doubled to start the inning, then Ernesto Mejia singled to score Cunningham to cut the Toledo lead to 5-3.

Mejia finished the night 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead the way for Gwinnett.

Joey Terdoslavich's RBI groundout off Toledo starter Ramon Garcia got Pastornicky home to get the Braves closer at 5-4.

Toledo went to the bullpen and brought in Alburquerque and Boggs greeted him with what proved to be the game-winner for Gwinnett.

Gwinnett added an insurance run in the eighth when Mejia scored on a balk by Toledo reliever Brayan Villarreal.

Meanwhile, the Gwinnett bullpen held Toledo scoreless in the final four frames to preserve the win.

Cole McCurry (1-1) worked 1 innings and was the primary beneficiary of Boggs' home run in picking up the win.

Kameron Loe finished the final 2 innings for his second save of the season.

"The bullpen was solid after Danny (Rodriguez) had some trouble with his command," Ready said. "Matt came in to shut (Toledo) down and then Kameron came in to finish it. They were solid."

Toledo (15-33) had jumped on top with three runs in the second.

After a lead-off walk and a single, Ramon Cabrera reached on an infield single that hit the first base bag and allowed Nick Castellanos to score to make it 1-0.

Toledo added its second run when Kevin Russo singled to left center to score Bryan Holaday and then made it 3-0 as Quinton Berry reached on a fielder's choice to get Cabrera in from third.

Scoreless for the first three innings, Gwinnett got the bats going and scored in four of the final five innings of the comeback win.

Gwinnett cut the Toledo advantage to 3-1 in the fourth when Cunningham tripled to left-center to lead off the inning and scored on a lineout to center by Pastornicky.

Cunningham finished with two hits and two runs scored for Gwinnett.

Toledo pushed its lead out to 5-1 in the fifth as the Mud Hens did all their damage with two outs off Braves' starter Daniel Rodriguez.

After Jordan Lennerton doubled to left and Castellanos walked, Holaday tripled to right-center to clear the bases.

Gwinnett added a run in their half of the fifth on back-to-back doubles by Joe Leonard and Janish to make it 5-2.

Notes: Atlanta Braves' right-hander Brandon Beachy will be on the mound tonight as the G-Braves take on the Mudhens in a 6:05 start at Coolray Field. Beachy suffered a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on June 16, 2012 and will be making his first rehab start after the May 19 game vs. Louisville was rained out. Beachy had "Tommy John" surgery on June 21, 2012.

Outfielder Stefan Gartrell, in conjunction with the Atlanta Braves, rejoined the G-Braves Thursday and was added to the 25-man roster. Gartrell, a member of the G-Braves in 2011 and 2012, signed with Atlanta as a free agent after starting the season with Campeche of the Mexican League. Gartrell was batting .346 (9-for-26) with three runs scored and two RBI in 26 games with Campeche this season.