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G-Braves fall to Durham, 4-2
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The Durham Bulls defeated the Gwinnett Braves 4-2 in the series opener Monday night at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.

Led by designated Barbaro Canizares (2-for-2, RBI), the G-Braves managed eight hits, but were unable to capitalize, leaving 16 runners on base.

Scott Proctor’s third relief appearance for Gwinnett (3-2) went awry in the seventh inning when he surrendered four earned runs on four hits, giving Durham the 4-2 lead.

Johnny Venters made his first start of the season for the G-Braves, yielding two hits and no runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Michael Dunn relieved him, striking out four batters in 1 1/3 innings. Craig Kimbrel entered in the ninth inning and struck out a pair.

Canizares now has hits in each of the last four games. Third baseman Wes Timmons went 2-for-4 for Gwinnett, and shortstop Brandon Hicks went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Angel Chavez led Durham, going 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Joe Dillon went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

Carlos Hernandez started for the Bulls and went five innings, giving up two earned runs and four hits.

Brian Baker worked two scoreless innings to earn the win.

Gwinnett returns to action at 7:05 tonight, playing host to Durham in the second game of the four-game series.

Chris Resop (0-1, 2.45 ERA) takes the mound for the G-Braves, while Heath Phillips is scheduled to start for Durham.
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