LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s Brett Marshall threw seven scores innings and Addison Maruszak’s two-run double in the seventh broke open a scoreless game that eventually became a 4-1 victory for the RailRiders over the Gwinnet Braves on Thursday night.
The RailRiders have now won five consecutive games to run their record to 14-11.
Marshall (1-2) faced the minimum in four of his seven innings, and forced Gwinnett into three groundball double plays. He allowed just five hits, walked three and struck out two. Cody Eppley came on in relief and recorded his second save of the season.
Gwinnett starter Sean Gilmartin had a no-hitter going into the seventh, but Melky Mesa erased that with a lead-off single. Zoilo Almonte followed with a base hit to left field, moving Mesa to second. Mesa advanced to third on a groundout by Dan Johnson and, after a walk to SWB newcomer Ronnier Mustelier, Maruszak drove a double into left-center field, scoring Mesa from third and Mustelier from first. Luke Murton’s single to left scored Maruszak to cap off the inning and stake SWB to a 3-0 lead.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre added an insurance run in the eighth when David Adams reached on a fielder’s choice and Mesa launched a triple over the head of center fielder Todd Cunningham.
Gwinnett ended the RailRider shutout in the eighth courtesy of an RBI single from Brian McCann. McCann went 1-of-4 in his first game of 2013 with Gwinnet as part of a rebah stint.
Gilmartin (2-1) ended up tossing 6 2/3 innings in the falling effort and allowed three earned runs.
The RailRiders are in the midst of a nine-day, eight-game road trip before returning home for an eight-game home stand on Monday. It starts with the first of four against the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) at 6:35 p.m.