The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Indianapolis Indians 3-2 on Monday night at Victory Field.
With the win, the G-Braves improved to 35-30 while the Indians dropped to 30-33 on the season.
Gwinnett scored a run in the second, third and fifth innings to better the Indians’ two-run sixth. Four of the G-Braves’ six hits were doubles including a two-bagger from starter Francisley Bueno.
Brian Barton doubled home Clint Sammons in the second inning to put the G-Braves up 1-0. After a lead-off double from Bueno in the third inning, Brooks Conrad plated the pitcher on a sacrifice fly to right field to give Gwinnett a 2-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Reid Gorecki doubled home Kody Kirkland for the 3-0 advantage. Gorecki’s fifth-inning double extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Gwinnett reliever Vladimir Nunez allowed a two-run double in the sixth inning but reliever Rafael Cruz and Luis Valdez kept the score at 3-2. Cruz pitched a scoreless eighth and Valdez earned his 12th save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
Bueno held Indianapolis scoreless in five innings on the mound to win his fourth game of the season.
Bueno, who started the season in the bullpen, made just his third start on Monday. It was his first decision as a starter but is now 4-1 with a 3.07 ERA this season.
Indianapolis starter Daniel McCutchen allowed three earned runs in seven innings and was charged with the loss. McCutchen is now 4-5 with a 4.53 ERA.
Gwinnett and Indianapolis play game two of the four-game series on Tuesday. The Indians will start RHP Virgil Vasquez (4-2, 4.40 ERA) while Gwinnett has not announced a starter for the second game. First pitch in game two is scheduled for 7 p.m.