The Gwinnett Braves posted three runs in the fourth inning and won 5-3 over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Sunday at PNC Field in Moosic, Penn.
Brian Barton’s bases-loaded, two-run double gave the G-Braves (50-45) a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning. Later in the same inning, Wes Timmons extended his on-base streak to 39 games as he singled home Clint Sammons.
Reid Gorecki (1-for-4) and Kelly Johnson (2-for-4) each recorded an RBI in the game. Chris Burke was 2-for-4 with a run and Sammons scored twice on two walks.
John Halama earned his first win in a Gwinnett uniform, holding the Yankees (52-38) to two earned runs on four hits in six innings. Earning his seventh save was Mariano Gomez, pitching a scoreless ninth.
For Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Yurendell DeCaster was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Francisco Cervelli hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. Yankees starter Ivan Nova allowed five earned runs on seven hits in four innings for his first loss.
The G-Braves return home today for the start of a 12-game homestand, their longest of the season. It begins with a four game series against the Norfolk Tides. Gwinnett will send right-hander Todd Redmond (5-6, 5.09 ERA) to the mound to face Norfolk lefty Troy Patton (1-3, 5.17 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.