LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- No sweep but still another series victory.
The Buffalo Bisons were denied in their bid for their first four-game sweep of the season Thursday as Stefan Gartrell's two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 10th gave the Gwinnett Braves a 5-3 win over the Herd in Coolray Field.
Gartrell's blast to deep left came off Buffalo closer Fernando Cabrera (2-1) and spoiled the Herd's comeback from a 3-1 deficit in a game that started at 10:35 a.m. The Bisons had tied the game and forced extra innings with two runs in the top of the ninth.
Buffalo won the first three games of the series, allowing just four runs in the process. It's the first time since Gwinnett joined the International League in 2009 that either team won a series in the other's park. The teams meet again in another four-game series starting Tuesday night in Coca-Cola Field.
The Bisons have won five of their last six series. They hopped on the bus after Thursday's game and open their next four-game set tonight in Fort Mill, S.C., against the Charlotte Knights (7:15, Radio 1520 AM).
Herd starter Jeremy Hefner, who entered the game with an International League-leading 1.64 earned-run average, allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings Thursday but got a no-decision. The 7 2/3 innings were the most by a Buffalo starter this year.
Gwinnett broke a 1-1 tie on Luis Durango's two-out single to right in the eighth off Buffalo's Josh Edgin. The Herd rallied to get even in the ninth on Omar Quintanilla's RBI double and Bobby Scales' run-scoring pinch single.
Cabrera entered the game with a 0.63 ERA in 13 games and pitched a scoreless ninth, leaving runners at second and third. In the 10th, Jose Constanza singled with one out and then stole second and third. Gartrell, the IL's reigning player of the week and the champion of last year's Triple-A Home Run Derby, then drove Cabrera's 2-ball, 2-strike pitch high over the wall in left.
In tonight's series opener against Charlotte, Garrett Olson (0-3) will start for the Herd.