Gwinnett starter Charlie Morton allowed three earned runs and struck out 7 in 7 2/3 innings to lead the G-Braves to a 4-3 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Monday in Lehigh Valley.
The win is Gwinnett’s fourth straight and the team now has a winning record for the first time since it was 3-2 on April 13.
G-Braves catcher Clint Sammons got Gwinnett (20-19) on the scoreboard in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly that plated Barbaro Canizares to make it a 3-1 game.
Gwinnett tied the game at three in the sixth inning when Van Pope plated Canizares on a ground out and Sammons picked up his second sac fly of the night, driving in Brooks Conrad.
In the eighth inning Reid Gorecki led-off the inning with a double and scored when Diory Hernandez singled to right field, giving Gwinnett the 4-3 advantage.
With his start tonight, Morton has recorded five-straight quality starts and is 5-2 with a 3.14 ERA in eight starts for Gwinnett. Mariano Gomez got the final four outs to earn his third save of the season. Gomez is now 2-1 with three saves and a 1.67 ERA this season.
J.C. Romero, who allowed the G-Braves’ fourth and final run of the game was charged with his first loss of the season. It was Romero’s first game at Lehigh Valley (14-23) since being assigned from the Philadelphia Phillies.
The G-Braves wrap up the four-game set at Lehigh Valley today when Gwinnett’s Todd Redmond (2-2, 4.73 ERA) will make his eighth start of the season. Redmond will face the IronPigs’ Rodrigo Lopez (1-2, 4.68 ERA). First pitch in the earliest game of the season is scheduled for 10:35 a.m. Gwinnett returns home Thursday to take on the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) after a day off Wednesday.