Norfolk plated three runs with two out in the eighth inning to knock off the Gwinnett Braves 7-5 in front of 6,325 fans Thursday afternoon at Harbor Park.
With the score knotted at 4-4, Jamie Hoffmann ignited the game-winning rally by drawing a two-out walk off of former Tides’ hurler Cole McCurry (0-2). L.J. Hoes followed with a single to center, and McCurry then issued back-to-back walks to Luis Exposito and Brandon Waring to give the Tides a 5-4 lead. Steve Tolleson then greeted reliever Dusty Hughes with a two-strike, two-run single to center, extending the Tides’ advantage to 7-4.
The Braves plated a run in the ninth inning on a single by Ruben Gotay, but Greg Burke struck out J.C. Boscan with Gotay on first to register the save.
With the win, the Tides have now won two straight and are 64-63 with 17 games remaining.
Waring finished with two hits and two runs batted in, while Exposito homered, singled and scored three runs. Ryan Adams added three hits and an RBI to up his hitting streak to eight games, over which he’s batted .429 (12-for-28).
Tides starter Dana Eveland turned in his 8th Quality Start in 11 outings with Norfolk. Eveland yielded three runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings, as he worked around four walks while striking out five.
Gotay and Boscan each hit solo home runs off of Eveland, the first two homers the left-hander has allowed in 64 innings with the Tides this season.
Zach Phillips (1-2) picked up the win after allowing a run on two hits in two innings of relief.
The two teams will conclude their four-game series Friday night at Harbor Park, with first pitch set for 7:15. Jake Arrieta (3-3, 5.74) will take the mound for Norfolk against left-hander Sean Gilmartin (1-1, 3.54).
On Friday, the first 2,000 fans ages 17 and under will receive a Tides youth jersey courtesy of Powerade and Fox 43.