Gwinnett came back to tie the game twice Thursday but ran out of opportunities in a 6-5 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
After tying the game at five-all in the eighth inning, Gwinnett reliever Mariano Gomez served up a ninth-inning, walk-off home run to Yankee designated hitter Yurendell de Caster.
Gwinnett starter Jonny Venters allowed three runs, two earned, in five innings in a no-decision start.
Mariano Gomez, who got himself out of a jam in the bottom of the eighth inning, allowed the ninth inning blast and was charged with his third loss of the season. Gomez is now 6-3 with a 2.22 ERA.
Reid Gorecki, who was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple on Thursday, extended his hitting streak to seven games. Antonio Perez and Brian Barton were each 2-for-4 in the loss.
Jonathan Albaladejo allowed the two eighth-inning runs and was charged with a blown-save. But Albaladejo picked up the win after de Caster hit his ninth-inning homer. Albaladejo is now 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA.
Shelley Duncan and Yurendell de Caster each homered in the Yankees’ win. Duncan’s two-run, sixth-inning blast was his International League-leading 22nd home run of the season. Colin Curtis and de Caster were each 2-for-4 on Thursday.
Gwinnett and Scranton will do battle in game two of the four-game series tonight in Moosic. The G-Braves will send southpaw Jo-Jo Reyes (0-1, 4.91 ERA) to the mound to face RHP Josh Towers (3-5, 4.38 ERA) in Game 2. First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.