The Pawtucket Red Sox downed the Gwinnett Braves 8-5 on Saturday at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I., ending Gwinnett’s five-game win streak. The Red Sox improve to 11-10 as the G-Braves fall to 10-13.
Chris Carter paced the PawSox, scoring two runs on a 2-for-4 afternoon at the plate. Sean Danielson, Paul McAnulty, Jeff Natale and Travis Denker were all hitless in the game, but each posted runs after reaching base on walks. G-Braves pitchers issued a season-high eight walks.
Gwinnett’s bats continued their hot streak, as the G-Braves outhit Pawtucket 15-7. Brooks Conrad was 3-for-5 with two runs and two doubles and Diory Hernandez was 4-for-5 with a run and two RBIs. Barbaro Canizares extended his hit streak to seven games with a two-run home run in the fourth.
G-Braves’ right-hander Jerome Gamble picked up his third loss of the season despite allowing one earned run in 2 2/3 innings pitched.
It was Pawtucket’s seven unearned runs in the bottom of the third that pushed the Red Sox to victory. After an error by Hernandez,
Gamble allowed two singles, three walks and a home run. Valdimir Nunez then replaced Gamble and allowed one inherited runner to score before getting out of the inning.
Gwinnett chipped away at an early 8-0 deficit after the third inning, posting two runs in the fourth and fifth and then another in the seventh to make it 8-5.
Pawtucket right-hander Enrique Gonzalez earned his third win of the season as he allowed four earned runs on 11 hits in six innings. Right-hander Daniel Bard earned the save by holding Gwinnett at bay in the ninth.
The G-Braves and PawSox conclude their first of two, four-game series at 1:05 p.m. today. Gwinnett RHP Charlie Morton (2-1, 5.21 ERA) is scheduled to face RHP Clay Buchholz (0-0, 2.45 ERA).