Braves’ Mike Soroka pitches well in Gwinnett loss

Mike Soroka allowed just one run and three hits in 4 1/3 innings in his first Gwinnett rehab start, but the Stripers’ offense was shut down by Drew Anderson and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in a 5-1 loss Wednesday night at Coolray Field.

Soroka (2-1) struck out seven and walked one while throwing 73 pitches.  

Soroka has been on the 10-day disabled list with a strained pitching shoulder since May 17, retroactive to May 14, the day after his last game. Soroka pitched 3 2/3 perfect innings with three strikeouts in 45 pitches in his first rehab start Friday for low Single-A Rome.

Soroka, who was the youngest pitcher in the majors at 20, was 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA in three starts before going on the DL.

Carlos Franco hit his 10th homer for Gwinnett and recorded his International League-leading 40th RBI.

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The Stripers are 24-32.

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