Timely hits, bullpen lift G-Braves past Toledo 3-2

LAWRENCEVILLE -- While Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy showed plenty of patience with himself during his first outing in his minor-league rehab assignment, the rest of the Gwinnett Braves also stayed within themselves in Friday night's game with the Toledo Mud Hens.

The G-Braves waited out Toledo starter Jose Alvarez until the bottom of the seventh, when back-to-back two-out doubles by Joe Leonard and Paul Janish helped lift them to a 3-2 win before 6,225 fans at Coolray Field.

The G-Braves (19-30) managed just five hits on the night, two of which came from Brandon Boggs, but they came at the right time to help them post just their third win in the last four games.

"Baseball is a grind, no matter what," said the former standout at Pope High School in Marietta and Georgia Tech, who was 2-for-3 on the night and scored the game-tying run in the seventh. "It's a long season. You've got four or five (at-bats) a game, maybe. You've just got to grind them out. You've got to go up there with a plan and stick with it and trust it. When you do that, good things happen."

There weren't many good things happening for the G-Braves at the plate for the first six innings.

Alvarez (4-3) had limited them to just a Boggs single in the fifth inning and held a 2-1 lead after retiring the first two hitters in the bottom of the seventh.

But Boggs extended the inning with a single and came home when Leonard rocketed a fly ball some 400 feet off the base of the wall in straightaway center to tie the game at 2-2.

Janish then lined another double inside the left-field line to bring home Leonard, and the G-Braves suddenly had a 3-2 lead.

"We got a couple timely hits," G-Braves manager Randy Ready said. "We've been playing good defense all year, but we've been lacking the timely hits for the most part."

Meanwhile, Gwinnett pitchers were also throwing well, starting with Beachy, making his first start in a live game since undergoing elbow surgery 11 months ago.

The 26-year-old right-hander gave up just two hits and two runs with three strikeouts and four walks during his 70-pitch, four-inning start.

And three pitchers came out of the Gwinnett bullpen to back him up, with Yohan Flande (2-4), Wirfin Obispo and Pat Egan combining to shut down the Mud Hens on just three hits with five strikeouts over the next five innings.

"No. 1, his health was good. He came out clean," Ready said of Beachy. "I think for him, the delivery was a little rusty, and I think that had something to do with the spotty command.

"Then, Flande did a great job. Obispo shut down that (eighth) inning, and I thought Patrick did a good job of closing it out."

Both Obispo and Egan ran into brief trouble spots.

However, Obispo rebounded from Nick Castellanos' two-out infield hit and a walk to Danny Dorn before striking out Bryan Holada to escape damage in the eighth with the tying and go-ahead runs on base.

And Egan pitched around a two-out walk to Ben Guez in the ninth to retire Argenis Diaz on a fielder's choice grounder to short to close out his first save of the season.