LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Pedro Florimon hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to lead the Gwinnett Stripers (70-49) to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Clippers (67-52) on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. With their eighth last-at-bat win of the season, the Stripers maintained a 2.5-game lead over Durham for first place in the International League South Division.
Scoring Recap: In the top of the third, Ryan Flaherty roped a two-run double to left to give the Clippers a 2-0 advantage. Florimon got the Stripers on the board with an RBI double in the bottom of the third, cutting the deficit to 2-1. In the eighth, Florimon (10) hit a 361-foot two-run homer to right off Cam Hill to give Gwinnett a 3-2 lead.
Stripers Stats: Florimon went 2-for-4 with a double, homer, and three RBIs. Drew Waters and Jack Lopez each went 2-for-4. Starter Kyle Wright yielded two runs on two hits, walked five and struck out five over 5.0 innings in a no-decision. Jeremy Walker, Patrick Weigel (W, 6-1), and A.J. Minter (S, 5) combined for six strikeouts over 4.0 scoreless innings in relief.
Clippers Stats: Starter Michael Peoples tossed 6.0 innings of one-run ball despite allowing eight hits. Hill (BS, 1, L, 3-2) pitched 1.0 inning and gave up two runs on three hits. Flaherty went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
Quote: "I saw an opportunity with a guy on base," Florimon said of his home run. "I was just trying to put something in play and got a changeup over the plate. We always are trying to find a way to win."
Postgame Notes: Florimon is the eighth Gwinnett player to reach the 10-homer mark in 2019. Six of his homers have come in 28 games since the Triple-A All-Star Break, a span in which he's batting .337 with 26 RBIs and a 1.075 OPS. Ryan LaMarre went 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to nine games and on-base streak to 22 games. Wright saw his team-best six-game quality start streak snapped with his first non-quality outing since June 20 vs. Louisville.
Next Game (Wednesday, August 14): Gwinnett vs. Columbus, 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. RHP Touki Toussaint (1-3, 6.93 ERA) for the Stripers vs. LHP Logan Allen (0-0, 8.53 ERA) for the Clippers. Radio Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on 97.7 and 93.5 FM "The Other Side of the River."
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