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Teheran's complete game leads G-Braves to win

POSTED: June 3, 2012 11:02 p.m.

The Atlanta Braves' top pitching prospect, right-hander Julio Teheran, turned in his best performance of the season on Sunday night, pitching a complete game, the first of his professional career, and leading the Gwinnett Braves to a 5-1 win over the Charlotte Knights.

Teheran, the International League's Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Pitcher in 2011, had never gone longer than eight innings before Sunday's outing. He changed that against the Knights, allowing only one run on seven hits, walking none and striking out six. Teheran (5-3) threw a season-high 109 pitches, 77 for strikes, to help the G-Braves end a four-game losing streak and increase their lead in the South division to 1 1/2 games.

The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Christian Marrero led off with a double for the G-Braves, moved to third on a groundout and then scored on a squeeze play by Lance Zawadzki.

Gwinnett added two more in the sixth inning. Tyler Pastornicky drew a one-out walk, stole second base and then moved to third on an error by Charlotte catcher Josh Phegley. Felix Pie plated Pastornicky with a ground-rule double to right-center for a 2-0 lead. Pie later scored on a single by Ernesto Mejia to push the lead to 3-0.

An RBI single by Shawn McGill and an RBI groundout by Luis Durango gave the G-Braves a 5-0 lead in the game.

Teheran gave up his only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh, coming on a one-out solo homer by Jordan Danks.

The G-Braves and the Knights conclude the two-game series tonight at Knights Stadium. Right-hander Eric Junge (3-4, 4.20 ERA) gets the nod for the G-Braves, while the Knights will send right-hander Charlie Shirek (5-3, 4.23 ERA) to the hill.


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