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G-Braves shut out Syracuse to open series
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On Monday, Charlie Morton became the first International League pitcher to reach six wins. On Friday, he became the first International League pitcher to pitch a complete-game shutout.

The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Syracuse Chiefs 6-0 Friday at Alliance Bank Stadium.

The G-Braves extend their win streak to four games and improve to 27-21 as the Chiefs fall to 22-24.

Morton (7-2, 2.51 ERA) allowed six hits and one walk, while striking out seven in the shutout.

He has now struck out 55 batters this season.

On offense, Brooks Conrad was 4-for-5 with two runs, three RBI and a home run. Barbaro Canizares extended his multi-hit streak to five games, going 2-for-5 with a run.

A walk by Wes Timmons followed by back-to-back hits by Barbaro Canizares and Brooks Conrad put the G-Braves up 1-0 in the first.

Gwinnett extended the lead to 3-0 in the fourth after Conrad led off the inning with a double through the hole at second base. J.C. Holt followed with a bunt single down the third-base line advancing Conrad to third. Clint Sammons plated Conrad on a sacrifice fly to center field. Holt then stole second, just before Brian Barton drove him home on a single to right.

Gwinnett bought some insurance in the sixth. Antonio Perez hit a one-out triple to set up an RBI double for Gregor Blanco. Friday marked Blanco’s fourth consecutive game with at least one RBI.

Right-hander Todd Redmond (2-4, 4.98 ERA) gets the call for Gwinnett tomorrow in Game Two of the four-game set at Syracuse. He will face righty Garrett Mock (0-0, 12.15 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Alliance Bank Park.

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