LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — A two-out, two-run single by Luis Marte in the eighth inning lifted the Stripers to a 7-6 win over Louisville on Thursday afternoon.

Gwinnett rallied to tie it 2-2 in the third on a two-run double by Travis Demeritte before back-to-back RBI singles by Stuart Turner and Lawrenceville native Lucas Sims put the Bats back on top.

Gwinnett reclaimed the lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Connor Lein drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Marte drove in a run on a groundout and Kyle Wright singled in a run.

Louisville reclaimed the lead in the seventh, but Marte’s two-run single to shallow right scored Jonathan Morales and Jack Lopez.

Jonathan Aro (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings and stranded two runners in the ninth.

Sal Romano (2-7) blew a save for the second time in the series.

“That took some character,” Demeritte said. “We can’t get too high or too low and that was a good win for us.”

The Stripers open a three-game series against the Syracuse Mets — who feature outfielder Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner — on Friday. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. with fireworks following the game.

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