The Indianapolis Indians beat the Gwinnett Braves 4-3 Saturday night at Victory Field in Indianapolis. The G-Braves lose their fourth game in a row, and are now 0-3 in games which open a road trip this season, and with the loss the Braves are now 18-24.
The Indians move a game above .500 with a 22-21 mark.
Gwinnett’s Freddie Freeman lined into a double play with Gregor Blanco on first and no one out in the top of the ninth.
Blanco led off the top of the ninth with a single. He represented the tying run at first.
G-Braves starting pitcher Todd Redmond (3-5) got the loss for the Braves. His line included six hits and four earned runs allowed.
The Braves had virtually no offense until the eighth inning. But in that eighth inning, they scored three runs to cut the Indians lead to one run. Gregor Blanco went 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to eight games. Jordan Schafer went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Brandon Hicks went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and Matt Young finished 1-for-4 with a triple.
Indianapolis pitcher Brad Lincoln kept the Braves off-balance all night. The Braves had only two hits off Lincoln until the eighth.
Left-handed pitcher Justin Thomas pitched the ninth for his second save.
The Braves and the Indians play game two of the four-game series in Indianapolis at 2 p.m. today. Left-handed pitcher Jose Ortegano (1-0, 3.00 ERA) is scheduled to start for Gwinnett. Indianapolis will start RHP Donnie Veal (3-2, 4.23 ERA).