Lawrenceville, GA --- Two new faces to the Gwinnett roster aided the Braves in their series-opening, 11-inning victory over the Durham Bulls 4-3 on Friday night.
Peter Moylan (W, 1-0), a long-time Atlanta Braves reliever, earned the win in his second game with the club, while catcher Ryan Lavarnway struck a go-homer in the 11th in his fourth contest with the Braves (26-27).
Durham (31-25) entered the game in a three-way tie for the South Division lead, but fell into a second-place tie with Charlotte as a result of the loss. Norfolk assumed sole posession of the division lead for the first time in 2015 with its victory in Charlotte.
Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, Corey Brown drilled a solo homer to right against Carlos Fisher to even the score and give the Bulls hope of stealing the first game of the three-game set.
However, Lavarnway connected on the third pitch from Jim Miller (L, 2-1) in the 11th to send Gwinnett to the win.
Down 1-0 in the sixth, JP Arencibia clocked a homer to left-center to tie the game, with Brown giving the Bulls a 2-1 advantage later in the inning on a sacrifice fly to score Allan Dykstra, who had doubled.
The Braves rallied with two in the last of the seventh on a two-run single by Daniel Castro.
Matt Andriese worked 4 2/3 innings in his fourth start for the Bulls, yielding four hits and one run. The home run allowed by Miller represented his first run allowed over his last 23 1/3 innings.
The series continues on Saturday night at 7:05 PM ET with Everett Teaford (3-4, 6.34) matching against lefty Manny Banuelos (4-0, 2.39).
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