• Indians win 3rd in a row to move above .500

    June 13, 2011 No comments

    The Indianapolis Indians made their first appearance above .500 this season as Andy Marte went three for three driving in a pair and Tribe starter Justin Wilson improved to 8-3 on the year as the Indians defeated the Gwinnett Braves 4-3 yesterday afternoon at Victory Field.

    Indianapolis struck first in the bottom of the first inning when Marte smacked a two run single to right scoring Alex Presley and John Bowker to give the Indians a quick 2-0 lead.

    The Braves tied the game in the top of the third when the first two batters reached via a pair of singles and scored their first run of the game on a Stefan Gartrell RBI single and the tying run on a Mauro Gomez sacrifice fly.

    Indianapolis scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Bowker drove in his twenty-eighth run of the season with his RBI single in the fifth and Miles Durham, in a pinch hitting role, followed in the sixth with a sacrifice fly to give the Indians a 4-2 lead after six innings.

    Chris Leroux relived Wilson to begin the seventh inning and immediately found himself in trouble when the first three Braves batters singled to begin the inning with Julio Lugo driving in Jeff Fiorentino to cut the deficit to one at 4-3. But Wilson settled down to retire the side and strand the tying run at third and the go ahead run at second.

    Cesar Valdez entered the game in the top of the ninth retiring the Braves in order and striking out the final two Gwinnett batters to pick up his fourth save of the season.

    Wilson went six innings surrendering two runs on nine hits while striking out five and walking only one in recording his eighth win of the season, the most in the International League. Braves starter Erik Cordier took the loss to fall to 1-2 on the season as Cordier gave up four runs on nine hits in his five and a third innings of work.

    The win was the Tribes third victory in a row and moves the Indians above the .500 mark with a 33-32 record. Indianapolis is nine and a half games behind the division leading Columbus Clippers who own a 42-22 record and four games behind second place Louisville.

    Indianapolis and Gwinnett will face off again tonight at 7:05 p.m. RHP Brad Lincoln is scheduled to take the mound for the Indians, while RHP Todd Redmond is expected to get the ball for the Braves.

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