BUFFALO — After giving up one-run leads in each of the previous two games, there would be no let down for the Gwinnett Braves on Tuesday night, as they held off the Buffalo Bisons 3-2. The G-Braves got off to a poor start on Tuesday night as the Bisons scored two runs early.
However, the G-Braves stormed back in the top of the sixth off of Buffalo starter Sean Nolin.
Phil Gosselin led off with a single to right and back-to-back walks to Joey Terdoslavich and Edward Salcedo loaded the bases with no outs.
Jose Yepez singled to center, scoring Gosselin to cut the Buffalo lead to 2-1 and Sean Kazmar followed with a single to center, scoring Terdoslavich to tie the game at 2-2.
After falling behind Derrick Mitchell, Nolin left the game with an apparent injury. John Stilson entered the game from the Buffalo bullpen and proceeded to walk Mitchell with the bases loaded, pushing across Salcedo with the eventual winning run.
Rodriguez (4-3) picked up the win with his third quality start of the season, going seven innings, scattering seven hits and two earned runs with one walk and four strikeouts.
He was helped by solid bullpen work from Atahualpa Severino and Juan Jaime. Severino went an inning with one hit, one walk and one strikeout, while Jaime recorded his ninth save in as many chances with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Nolin (2-2) suffered his second loss of the season to Gwinnett, working 5 1/3 innings with seven hits, three earned runs, four walks and three strikeouts.
Stilson went 1 2/3 innings with one hit, one walk and two strikeouts. Kazmar (2-for-4, RBI) and Gosselin (2-for-5) paced the G-Braves at the plate.
With the two hits, Gosselin extended his hitting streak to six games. Mastroianni (2-for-4 with a homer and an RBI) and Ryan Goins (2-for-4) paced the Bisons.
The G-Braves and Bisons continue the four-game series Wednesday night in Buffalo at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Gus Schlosser (0-1, 9.82) with start for Gwinnett, while the Bisons will start LHP Ricky Romero (0-1, 6.00).