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Rochester shuts out Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- For all intents and purposes, the Rochester Red Wings had clinched the four-game series with the Gwinnett Braves before the top of the first inning had concluded Friday.

Rochester scored seven times in the opening half inning and cruised to a 11-0 victory in International League play.

Rochester (29-33) won three of the four games at Coolray Field. Gwinnett (26-37) hosted Columbus on Saturday in a game that ended too late for this edition.

Left-hander Johan Flande made his 10th start of the season, which turned out to be the second-shortest outing by a Gwinnett starter in 2013 and left the hosts in a big early hole. Flande recorded only two outs in the first as Rochester chased him from the game when leadoff hitter Antoan Richardson, batting for the second time in the inning, had a run-scoring single to put the visitors up 7-0.

Before that, Oswaldo Arcia poked an RBI-single, Eric Fryer had a run-scoring double and Jeff Clement ripped a three-run home run just inside the right field foul pole.

That was more than enough for Andrew Albers. The Rochester left-hander pitched his first career complete game, scattering six singles and tied a season high with seven strikeouts. He allowed a leadoff single to Tyler Pastornicky in the fourth, then retired 13 consecutive batters before Stefan Gartrell picked up an infield single with one out in the eighth.

Albers, in his first season in Triple-A, had a previous career high of eight innings in a 2011 game for Double-A New Britian.

Gwinnett, coming off an 11-run outburst in a win over Rochester on Thursday, never got a runner past second base and was shut out for the third time and first time at home in 2013.