LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Gwinnett's three-run eighth inning broke a 1-1 tie, and the Braves walked away with a 4-1 win over Toledo in the series finale on Friday night.
Corey Knebel took the loss for the Mud Hens after relieving starting pitcher Robbie Ray in the eighth inning. Knebel allowed three runs on two hits in the eighth. He walked two and recorded a wild pitch. The three runs were the first Knebel has allowed in a Toledo uniform this season.
It looked like Knebel might wiggle out of trouble in the eighth, but Gwinnett plated its three runs with two outs in the inning.
Brandon Boggs started the frame with an infield single. He advanced to second on a sacrifice by Joe Leonard. Ozzie Martinez and Jose Constanza then walked to load the bases. However, Hens second baseman Brandon Douglas was able to force Boggs at the plate after fielding a grounder for the second out.
Tyler Pastornicky wouldn’t let Knebel escape the jam, however. He lined a single to right field to score a pair of runs. Knebel then uncorked a wild pitch to bring home the final run of the game.
The Hens brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth on a Trevor Crowe single and a fielding error. However, Ezequiel Carrera struck out to end the game.
The loss allowed Gwinnett to even the four-game set at 2. Toledo is 39-43 on the season.
Jordan Lennerton was 3-for-4 with a double at the plate. He scored the Hens' lone run in the second inning on an RBI single to right field from Ezequiel Carrera, who was 2-for-5.
Crowe and Hernan Perez each picked up a hit, extending their hitting streaks to nine games each.
Ray returned to his pre-Detroit form, allowing just one run in seven innings of work.
The left-hander, who lowered his ERA to 2.87, struck out three and walked one, while surrendering five hits.
Toledo returns home today for Superhero night as it hosts Columbus. First pitch at Fifth Third Field is set for 7 p.m.