LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Triple-A home run leader Mauro Gomez homered twice for Buffalo, accounting for all the Bisons’ run, but a solo blast by Joey Terdoslavich of Gwinnett carried the Braves to a 4-3 victory Tuesday night before 3,476 at Coolray Field. It was the opener of an eight-game road swing for the Herd, which concludes in Durham.
The G-Braves (35-45) were last in the International League’s South Division entering the game but own a 4-1 record against Buffalo (39-38), with three of the victories by one run.
Gomez raised his home run total to 23 and increased his league lead over Ernesto Mejia of the G-Braves and Zach Walters of Syracuse, who have 18 each. His first tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth inning and the second, a solo shot in the eighth, cut the margin to 4-3. Terdoslavich’s bases-empty blast in the seventh proved to be the winning run.
Gomez has five multi-homer games this season and leads the Bisons with 52 runs batted-in.
Bisons starter Justin Germano (4-7) yielded three of the four Gwinnett runs in taking his third straight loss, second in a row at the hands of the G-Braves. Mickey Storey gave up the Terdoslavich homer.
Gwinnett took a 2-0 lead in the fifth on singles by Phil Gosselin, Matt Pagnozzi and Sean Kazmar and a double by Jose Constanza. After Gomez tied it, the Braves got took the lead again with an unearned run in the sixth. Brandon Boggs reached on a error by second baseman Eugenio Velez and came home on the third Gwinnett hit of the inning, a single by Pagnozzi.
The Bisons threatened to tie it in the ninth when Anthony Gose doubled with one out. But he was but was thrown out trying to take third on a pitch in the dirt and Braves closer Cory Rasmus then retired Sean Ochino on a fly ball to finish it.
To make room on the active roster for the return of Jose Reyes, the Toronto Blue Jays optioned shortstop Munenori Kawasaki to the Bisons. Kawasaki batted. 225 in 60 games for the Jays.