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Syracuse gives G-Braves first shutout loss

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The Syracuse Chiefs rode the pitching of Ross Ohlendorf and handed the Gwinnett Braves their first shutout loss of the season with a 5-0 victory in the finale of the four-game series at NBT Bank Stadium on Thursday night.

A day after the G-Braves struck for a season-high 18 hits in their 10-1 win over the Chiefs, they had no answer for the veteran right-hander.

Ohlendorf picked up the victory, pitching seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits, three walks and striking out 11.

The Chiefs got on the board in the second inning, scoring two runs against Gwinnett starter Sean Gilmartin. Chris Marrero led off with a single to center and moved to third on a double by Micah Owings. Mike Costanzo drove in Marrero with a sac fly to center and Zach Walters followed with a triple to right scoring Owings for a 2-0 lead.

The Chiefs added two more in the third, as Eury Perez delivered a solo homer to lead off the inning. Corey Brown then walked with one out, stole second and scored on single to left by Owings.

The final run of the game came off of Gwinnett's David Hale, who made his first appearance since landing on the disabled list on April 22. After pitching a scoreless seventh inning, Hale gave up a leadoff homer to Brown to begin the eighth, extending the Chiefs lead to 5-0.

Gilmartin suffered the loss, working six innings, scattering seven hits, and yielding four earned runs. He walked one and struck out six hitters.

At the plate, Paul Janish led the Braves going 2-for-3, while Joe Leonard extended his hitting streak to eight games by going 1-for-3 at the plate.

Owings had the big night for the Chiefs going 3-for-4 with two double. Perez added two hits and an RBI.

The Gwinnett Braves continues the road trip in Allentown Friday night with game one of a four game series against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Right-hander Tim Corcoran (3-3, 3.19) will pitch for Gwinnett, as he matches up with former Braves farmhand Zach Miner (2-3, 5.40) of Lehigh Valley.