LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Relief pitcher Ryan Tepera wild-pitched the winning run home in the eighth inning and the Gwinnett Braves ended the Buffalo Bisons’ winning streak at seven games, 3-2, Tuesday night at Coolray Stadium.
Tepera came on after reliever Rob Rasmussen got into trouble in the eighth, trying to hold a 2-1 lead. Rasmussen gave up a single and a walk before Joey Terdoslavich grounded a single to center to send the tying run home. Tepera relieved and gave up an infield single to Philip Gosselin to fill the bases. With Mark Hamilton at bat, Tepera threw the wild pitch sending the winning run home.
In the ninth, Zach Stewart retired Anthony Gose on a grounder for the final out with two Bisons on base.
Buffalo took the lead with a run in the sixth. Ryan Goins drove it in with Buffalo’s third hit of the inning.
Stewart pitched the last six innings for the Braves. He took over for left-hander Ian Thomas, who was making his first start of the season after being sent down by the Atlanta Braves. Thomas retired all nine Bisons he faced, striking out five and throwing 28 of 50 pitches for strikes.
Bisons starter Liam Hendriks allowed one unearned run in seven innings. He gave up seven hits and no walks while striking out three.
The teams will meet again here this evening (Radio 1520, 6:35 p.m.). The Bisons starter has not been announced. Cody Martin (2-2, 3.64) will start for Gwinnett.