The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Durham Bulls 8-6 Monday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
With the win, Gwinnett pulls within one game of the Bulls who lead the South Division. The G-Braves now lead the International League Wild Card race over Syracuse by 3.5 games.
In sharp contrast to Sunday’s two-hit affair, Gwinnett tallied 18 hits on the night. Seven different Gwinnett players added to the hit total with center fielder Gregor Blanco leading the team with five hits. Blanco was 5-for-6 with two runs scored. Wes Timmons and Brian Barton both went 3-for-5 on the night and Brandon Jones and Barbaro Canizares each drove in two runs to top the RBI column for Gwinnett.
Right fielder Matt Joyce was 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Bulls. Joyce hit his 16th home run of the year off Todd Redmond in the first inning.
For Gwinnett, Vladimir Nunez earned the win pitching two innings out of the bullpen. He struck out two and gave up four hits while improving his record to 3-2. Todd Redmond started the game, allowed five earned runs and struck out six in five innings but did not factor into the decision.
Jason Childers was credited with the loss after allowing four hits and one earned run in 2 1/3 innings.
Gwinnett plays in Durham at 7:05 tonight. Braves starter Jo-Jo Reyes (3-2, 3.16 ERA) is scheduled to face Jason Cromer (6-3, 2.47 ERA) of the Bulls.