LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Indianapolis Indians 2-1 on Tuesday night at Gwinnett Stadium.
The two starters, Eric Hacker for the Indians and Tommy Hanson for the G-Braves, dueled for the better part of the game.
Hacker allowed just one earned run in six innings, Hanson allowed one earned run in seven innings while striking out nine batters in his fourth no-decision start this season.
With his performance, however, Hanson lowered his ERA to 1.48, but remains at 3-3 on the season.
Gwinnett scored first with a run in the third inning. Hanson led off the inning with a single to right field and was advanced on
Gregor Blanco’s bunt single. A batter later, Barbaro Canizares reached with an infield single to load the bases. Brooks Conrad drew a walk to push Hanson home for the 1-0 lead.
the Indians quickly got that run back when, in the top of the fourth inning, Jeff Salazar singled to center and scored one batter later when Garrett Jones hit a double, plating his 31st RBI of the season.
The game remained tied at one all until the bottom of the 10th inning when, with two outs, Gwinnett’s outfielder Reid Gorecki doubled down the right-field line, putting himself in scoring position.
Blanco, the next batter, scored Gorecki with a walk-off, game-winning single to left field.
Canizares and Blanco were each 2-for-4 on the night to lead the G-Braves.
Gwinnett reliever Luis Valdez earned his first win of the season, retiring all five Indians’ batters he faced.
Valdez is now 1-1 with nine saves and a 1.57 ERA in 18 relief appearances.
Gwinnett and Indianapolis will play the third game in a four-game series at 7:05 tonight. James Parr will make his first appearance for Gwinnett since being reassigned to the club on May 22. Parr was 0-0 with a 5.79 ERA in eight relief appearances with Atlanta.
He will face Indians’ RHP Ty Taubenheim.