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Late Rally Sends Braves Past Bulls in 10, 3-2

August 13, 2013

Lawrenceville, GA --- Brandon Boggs scampered home from first base on a throwing error by Tim Beckham to elevate the Gwinnett Braves past the Durham Bulls in 10 innings 3-2 on Tuesday night.

With the game tied 2-2 and two outs in the last of the 10th, Phil Gosselin hit a two-hopper to Beckham, whose throw to second base sailed behind Mike Fontenot for an error. Boggs, who reached on a single, raced around the bases as the ball rolled through into foul territory. Vince Belnome's throw to catcher Jesus Flores short-hopped him as Boggs slid home with the winning run.

Durham (76-48) had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the ninth on a solo homer by Chris Gimenez, his second home run in as many games to give Kirby Yates a two-run cushion.

Yates, who pitched a perfect eighth on 15 pitches, returned to the mound in the ninth, retired the first hitter before Gosselin doubled inside right field. Stefan Gartrell singled Gosselin home to make it 2-1 Durham. Beckham then robbed Joe Leonard on a fantastic diving catch of his liner for the second out, but Yates couldn't close it out. Matt Pagnozzi singled to left-center, moving Gartrell to second. Alden Carrithers drew a walk as a pinch-hitter to load the bases. 

With Jose Constanza batting, Yates uncorked a wild pitch to score Gartrell with the tying run, sending the teams into extra innings for the first time in their 15 meetings.

With two outs in the fifth, Kevin Kiermaier ripped a triple into the right field corner off of Kameron Loe to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead. Evan Frey, who reached base three times in the game, scored from second.

Jake Odorizzi worked five innings, allowing just three singles and two walks. Brandon Gomez and Steve Geltz worked a scoreless inning each, with Yates charged with his second blown save in 18 attempts this season. Liberatore (L, 4-3) absorbed the loss with the unearned run in the 10th.

The Bulls' magic number remained at nine over Norfolk.

The four-game series continues Wednesday night with Mike Montgomery (7-5, 4.24) starting against Yohan Flande (7-7, 4.46) at 6:05 PM ET from Coolray Field.

Bulls game story brought to you by Strayer University, Bringing Home the Bulls in September.