LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. - Danny Ortiz went 4-for-4 with two singles, two doubles and an RBI in a loss to the Gwinnett Braves Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field. Jordan Luplow also drove in a run, but Indianapolis could not overcome an early deficit.
After winning the first two games, Indianapolis (50-39) was not able to earn the series sweep of Gwinnett (44-44).
The Braves scored first for the first time in the series when Matt Tuiasosopo singled scoring Ozzie Albies in the bottom of the first inning. Later, Sean Kazmar grounded out, which allowed Xavier Avery to score to give the Braves an early 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, Rico Ruiz hit his first of two home runs in the game to give Gwinnett a 3-0 lead.
Indianapolis finally broke through in the top of the fifth after Luplow hit a sacrifice fly that scored Tyler Eppler, but Gwinnett fired right back in the bottom of the fifth when Ruiz hit his second homer of the day scoring Albies and Avery. David Freitas then doubled in Dustin Peterson, extending the Braves' lead, 7-1.
The Indians did get one more run back in the top of the seventh on an RBI double from Ortiz that scored Jackson Williams, but eventually succumbed to the 7-2 deficit.
Eppler (6-4) took the loss after surrendering seven runs (six earned) on nine hits over 4.2 innings.
Left-hander Andrew Albers (8-3) registered the win after allowing just one earned run over six innings, while punching out seven.
The Indians will send left-hander Steven Brault and infielder/outfielder Christopher Bostick to Tacoma, Washington for the Triple-A All-Star Game over the break. Indianapolis will head into the All-Star break 11 games above .500. Last season, the Indians went into the break just four games above .500.
Indy will return from their three-day hiatus to face Louisville when they begin a four-game series with the Bats at Victory Field on Thursday, July 13. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
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