An RBI double by Daniel Castro in the 13th inning gave Gwinnett the go-ahead run and the Braves went on for a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Bisons at Coca-Cola Field Tuesday night.
The run came as a steady rain fell over downtown Buffalo.
Castro got the hit aginst reliever Gregory Infante who then walked three straight batters, bringing Castro home to score another run. Jose Peraza drove in the third run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to center.
Munenori Kawasaki had a two-out single in the bottom of the 13th but Caleb Gindl flew out to right to end the game.
The Bisons wasted a stellar start by Randy Wolf, who left with a 1-0 lead after seven innings. The Braves tied the game in the ninth when Cedric Hunter hit a solo homer off reliever Blake McFarland.
Wasted opportunities: The Bisons had a chance to win in the 11th when Josh Thole drew the first walk of the game and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jonathan Diaz. He moved to third on a shallow single by Kawasaki. Caleb Gindl struck out for the second out but Andy Burns was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Then Matt Hague struck out. Bases left loaded.
Bisons score first: The run came in the seventh when Matt Hague led off with a double – the first extra base hit of the game. He moved to third when Daric Barton placed a perfect bunt and scored when Brad Glenn grounded into a double play.
About Randy Wolf: The lefty gave up five hits, but a caught stealing, a picked off baserunner and a double play on a line drive to short kept the Braves off the scoreboard. He struck out five and kept almost everything in the infield. Only two balls reached the outfield – both outs to center. In his seven innings he did not issue a walk, throwing 65 of his 93 pitches for strikes.
More on Wolf: It was the fifth time Wolf has given up no earned runs but took a no-decision.
About Cody Martin: The 25-year old made his MLB debut with the Atlanta Braves this season, pitching 21 times in relief over two different stints. Tuesday he gave up one run on six hits with five strikeouts in seven innings.
Pinch-hitter: Hunter’s home run in the ninth inning to tie the game was the first pinch-hit home run against the Bisons since Mike Hessman did it on April 19, 2007 at Toledo off Herd reliever Jason Beverlin.
Pitchers of record: Infante (1-1) took the loss. David Carpenter (2-0) got the win while Ryan Weber picked up his second save.
Team records: The Bisons are 37-41. Gwinnett is 39-38.
Time of game: 3:42
Paid attendance: 5,376
Up next: The series concludes at 7:05 p.m. with Daniel Norris (1-7, 3.72) scheduled to start for the Bisons with Gwinnett throwing Alex White (0-0, 2.12). The homestand continues with a two-game series against Syracuse starting Thursday. The annual Independence Eve game featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is Friday night.