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Boggs delivers in opening game of G-Braves split

LAWRENCEVILLE — Playing their second doubleheader in four days, the last thing the Gwinnett Braves wanted was extra innings in the first game Monday night.

After Brandon Boggs came through in the 10th inning, the G-Braves didn’t mind the extra work so much.

Boggs, who rejoined Gwinnett on Friday after being released at the end of spring training, hit a one-out double to give the G-Braves their second walk-off victory in two games against Indianapolis.

Mark Hamilton, who had been 1-for-20 against left-handers, doubled off lefty reliever Andy Oliver (1-1) and, after an intentional walk to Derrick Mitchell, Boggs pulled a liner down the left-field line for the 4-3 victory.

It was the fifth victory in the last at-bat for Gwinnett this season. Christian Bethancourt had won Saturday’s game 6-5 with a leadoff homer in the ninth inning.

The G-Braves, though, couldn’t repeat their doubleheader sweep of Friday at Buffalo, their winning streak coming to an end at five games with a 4-3 loss on an unearned run in the sixth inning of the nightcap.

Bethancourt tried a pick off at third base of Gregory Polanco, who had opened the inning with a double off Mark Lamm (1-2), and the throw hit the runner on the back before going into the outfield.

Gwinnett took a 3-2 lead into the seventh inning in the first game, but Indianapolis forced extra innings on a two-out RBI single by Chris Dickerson off reliever Pedro Beato.

The G-Braves had gone ahead in the sixth on a double by Steve Lerud after Todd Cunningham had produced a 2-1 lead in the second by driving in two runs with his second hit off the game.

Chris McGuiness tied it for Indianapolis with his third home run of the season, connecting off starter Cody Martin in the fourth inning.

Ryan Buchter (2-1) picked up the victory with two innings of scoreless relief. He walked two, but allowed no hits.

Indianapolis scored three times in the third inning of the second game, the big hit a two-run triple by Brent Morel. But Gwinnett scored twice in the third and tied it in the fourth on a leadoff homer by Hamilton. It was his third blast of the season and second of the series.

Casey Sadler (5-1) pitched the complete game, allowing six hits and two earned runs. The right-hander struck out five and walked none.

The four-game series concludes Tuesday with 6:35 p.m. game. Left-hander Daniel Rodriguez (4-3, 3.00 ERA) will pitch for the G-Braves against former Georgia Tech right-hander Brandon Cumpton (3-1, 1.41).

Notes: Infielder Ozzie Martinez, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, made his debut for the G-Braves. He pinch hit and came in at third base in the opener, then started the nightcap at shortstop. … Indianapolis center fielder Dickerson had a 16-game hitting streak end when he struck out as a pinch hitter in the second game. … Indianapolis was left with one healthy catcher on the roster when Omir Santos had to leave the first game after being hit in the mask by a foul line. … After an off day on Wednesday, Norfolk comes in for four-game series to conclude the homestand.