LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — With four runs in the sixth inning, the Gwinnett Braves handed the Buffalo Bisons their third straight loss, taking a 4-3 win Thursday morning at Coolray Field.
The Herd had built a 3-0 lead and Sean Nolin was working on 24∏ innings of scoreless work from the mound.
But in the sixth, Nolin gave up a one-out double to Sean Kazmar, who scored on an RBI single from Christian Bethancourt to end Nolin’s streak. Only the Braves weren’t done scoring. Jose Constanza drove in two runs to tie the game, and Todd Cunningham drove in the game-winner with a single to center.
The Bisons built their lead early, taking a 1-0 lead in the first off a sacrifice fly from Dan Johnson. In the fifth, Dan Mastroianni had a two-run homer to extend the lead to 3-0.
Mastroianni finished the game 3 for 4, driving in two runs, scoring two runs and drawing a walk.
Kevin Pillar, who saw his 18-game hitting streak come to an end Wednesday, went 2 for 4 with a double.
Nolin took the loss, giving up the four runs on 12 hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
The Bisons move on to Charlotte to open a four-game series against the Knights. Ricky Romero (0-0, 4.88) is scheduled for the 7 p.m. start Friday.
On Thursday the Toronto Blue Jays optioned right-hander Chad Jenkins to Buffalo. In two appearances with the Blue Jays he did not give up a run out of the bullpen. In eight games (one start) with the Bisons this year he is 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA and one save.