The Gwinnett Braves rode another solid performance from its pitching staff on Friday night to defeat the Durham Bulls 7-1 at Gwinnett Stadium.
With the win the G-Braves improve to 14-15 while the Bulls drop to 16-12.
Gwinnett starter Charlie Morton allowed just one earned run in eight innings to earn his third win of the season.
Morton is 3-2 with a 3.44 ERA in five starts with Gwinnett this season.
It was the fifth time in the last six games that the G-Braves have gotten a quality start from their rotation.
Gwinnett starters have pitched to a 0.78 ERA (69.2IP, 6ER), holding opponents to one or fewer runs in each of the last 12 starts.
Reliever Francisley Bueno pitched a perfect ninth to finish off the win.
Barbaro Canizares extended his hitting streak to a league-best 13 games with his seventh inning double just over the head of Durham center fielder Matt Joyce.
Canizares was 1-for-3 and scored twice in the win.
Van Pope, who continues to swing a hot bat, was 2-for-4 with three RBI and J.C. Holt was 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Tampa Bay Rays’ prospect Wade Davis was charged with his first loss of the season.
Davis allowed three earned runs in five innings. He is now 3-1 with a 3.49 ERA.
Jason Isringhausen, who is on a Major League rehab assignment, allowed three earned runs in two innings.
Chris Richard had two of the Bulls six hits on the night.
Richard was 2-for-4 and drove in Durham’s only run of the game on a single to right that plated Matt Joyce.
The G-Braves look for their fourth-straight win in the second game of the four-game series tonight at Gwinnett Stadium.
Gwinnett right-hander Todd Redmond (2-1, 2.33 ERA) will face Durham left- hander Carlos Hernandez (0-2, 5.87 ERA) in game two, which starts at 7:05 tonight.