The Durham Bulls edged the Gwinnett Braves 5-3 in 13 innings Wednesday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Bulls (6-0) remain undefeated and in first place in the International League South while the Braves (3-4) remain in second place, 3.5 games behind Durham.
Designated hitter Adam Kennedy blasted a two-run shot in the bottom of the 13th inning off Braves RHP Manny Acosta to give the Bulls the win. Gwinnett led for much of the game, having taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when shortstop Diory Hernandez plated first baseman Barbaro Canizares on a single to right. The Braves extended their lead in the third when designated hitter Joe Borchard drove in Canizares and Hernandez on a double to center. The Bulls tied the game in the eighth inning as center fielder Ray Sadler pounded a three-run homer off RHP Luis Valdez.
Kennedy was 3-for-5 with a double and a two-run homer to lead Durham. Sadler was 1-for-4 with a three-run blast. Hernandez, Canizares, Van Pope, J.C. Holt and Gregor Blanco each had multi-hit games for the Braves. Joe Borchard led Gwinnett with two RBI.
Durham RHP Jason Childers earned the win for the Bulls, throwing 1.0 inning in relief. For the Braves, RHP Manny Acosta allowed two earned runs on three hits in 2.0 innings on his way to his first loss of the season. Acosta faced two batters in the bottom of the 13th. Braves RHP Kris Medlen, making his first start at the Triple-A level, threw 5.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out six. Durham’s starter, RHP Mitch Talbot, allowed three earned runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings of work.
The Braves look to avoid the sweep in the series finale slated for Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Braves RHP James Parr (0-0, 4.15 ERA) will face Durham LHP David Price (0-0, 4.91 ERA).