NORFOLK, VA -Norfolk rallied from an early deficit with a four-run fourth inning to knock off the Gwinnett Braves 7-4 Thursday afternoon at Harbor Park. The Braves jumped out to an early lead against Tides starter Kevin Gausman, as Gwinnett plated two runs in the first and one unearned run in the second to take a 3-0 lead.
Gwinnett starter Cody Martin (0-1) cruised through the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. Martin, who had struck out five consecutive batters, yielded a one-out single to Brett Wallace before Johnny Monell doubled in Wallace to put the Tides on the board. Ivan De Jesus and Xavier Paul then lined back-to-back doubles to knot the score at 3-3, and Quintin Berry later lined a two-out single to bring home Paul and give the Tides a 4-3 lead.
Tides reliever Nick Additon (1-0) made sure the lead held up, as the 26-year-old southpaw surrendered one unearned run over four innings of work. Additon walked two and struck out a pair, and he also escaped a bases loaded, one-out threat in the seventh inning to help the Tides hold a 5-4 lead.
Norfolk added two insurance runs in the seventh inning on a two-run double by Henry Urrutia – Urrutia’s second double of the contest. In 13 career games against Gwinnett, the 27-year-old has now hit .362 (21-for-58) with one home run and 13 RBI.
Gausman surrendered three runs – two earned – in four innings of work, as he yielded four hits and three walks while striking out two. The 23-year-old, who is rated as the number two prospect in the Orioles organization according to Baseball America, threw 43 of his 69 pitches for strikes. Brad Brach worked a perfect ninth to register his first save of the season.