MACON, Ga. - Macon scored six runs in the third inning, and former Screven County standout Macay McBride tossed six solid innings as the Braves defeated the Augusta GreenJackets 7-4 at Luther Williams Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Augusta's third-straight loss puts the GreenJackets three games behind Macon in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division.
Gregor Blanco and Carlos Duran started the third with singles, and Andy Marte doubled to score both runners. Greg Miller walked one out later, then Marte scored on Aaron Herr's double. Luke Albert singled to left to score Miller, and a wild pitch by Augusta starter Rafael Sanchez (6-9) allowed Herr to score.
Tony Pena capped the rally with a single to score Albert. The Braves added another run in the fifth on a Pena single. Pena, Blanco, Marte and Herr each had two hits for the Braves, who improve to 17-9 in the second half.
McBride, the No. 1 pick of the Atlanta Braves in the 2001 draft, scattered seven hits over six innings but struggled to escape the sixth.
Augusta's Kris Coffey singled to start the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Osmar Castillo reached on an error, McBride gave up John Hattig's three-run home run.
Singles by Matt Cooper and Daniel Figueroa put runners on the corners with one out. Bryan Kent then hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Cooper. McBride recovered to strike out John Nathans.
David Watkins and Nick Padilla pitched the final three innings.
Augusta (14-12) plays host to the Columbus RedStixx on Friday.