In his first rehab start with the Gwinnett Braves, right-hander Gavin Floyd worked 1.1 innings, allowing two hits and two earned runs on Thursday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The Durham Bulls rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Gwinnett 7-6 in the season opener.
Floyd, 31, is on the Atlanta Braves' disabled list as he recovers from 2013 elbow surgery.
He made 42 pitches, throwing 21 strikes, in his first professional outing since April 27, 2013. He left Thursday night's game when he reached his pitch limit.
The G-Braves spotted Floyd an early lead, as they struck for three runs in the first inning. Ernesto Mejia delivered a towering three-run homer to left off of Durham starter Nathan Karns. The homer scored both Jose Constanza and Joey Terdoslavich.
In the bottom of the second, with Floyd on the mound, Durham’s Kevin Kiermaier delivered a two-run homer to center to cut the Gwinnett lead to 3-2.
The Braves and Bulls play again Friday night. Righty Ervin Santana will pitch for Gwinnett as he prepares to join the Atlanta rotation.
Minor pitches for Mississippi
Atlanta Braves left-hander Mike Minor allowed three earned runs in two innings in a rehab start for the Mississippi Braves Thursday night in Pearl, Mississippi.
Minor is on Atlanta's 15-day disabled list due to left shoulder tendonitis.
He allowed four hits, struck out five, and had no walks in a 6-2 loss to Mobile.