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Columbus shuts down G-Braves
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Josh Tomlin gave up only one hit in seven innings to lead the Columbus Clippers to an 8-1 win over the Gwinnett Braves on Friday at Coolray Field.

Gregor Blanco’s double to right field in the fourth inning was the first hit for Gwinnett (18-23), which trailed 4-0 after two innings.  Blanco finished with two hits in the game.

Michael Brantley had a hand in all four runs, scoring in the first on a sacrifice fly from Wes Hodges and doubling home two runs and scoring another in a three-run second inning.

All four runs came off Gwinnett starter James Parr (2-5), who gave up five runs on nine hits in four innings.

Columbus (27-16) continued the hit parade after Parr left the game and scored another run in the fifth on an RBI double from Jerad Head that scored Brian Buscher.

For the game, the Clippers had 16 hits, including four extra-base hits off four Gwinnett pitchers.

Columbus used three pitchers on the night, but none as effective as Tomlin, who retired 12 straight G-Braves before exiting the game prior to the start of the eighth inning.

Matt Young’s lead-off double off Josh Judy to start the eighth inning was Gwinnett’s second hit on the night. Young was erased one batter later when Joe Thurston lined into a 1-6 double play.

Brandon Hicks hit a home run following the double play for Gwinnett’s only run of the game.

The G-Braves visit the Indianapolis Indians at 7 tonight.
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