ME, Ga. — The Charleston RiverDogs got on the board first and never looked back, winning the series opener against the Rome Braves 6-2 Monday night at State Mutual Stadium.
The RiverDogs (20-17) sent eight batters to the plate in the fourth inning and scored four runs, starting with a Dustin Fowler RBI triple. The next batter, Chris Breen, hit a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Fowler. Charleston added two more later in the frame on an RBI single by Devyn Bolasky.
Chris Breen blasted a two-run home run to center field in the top of the fifth to put the game out of reach at 6-0. Breen drove in a season-high three runs in the game.
Rome (16-20) scored their first run in the fifth inning on a solo home run by Wigberto Nevarez. The Braves added one more when Joseph Daris hit an RBI triple in the seventh, but they could not pull any closer than 6-2.
Dillon McNamara (2-0) relieved Monolo Reyes after Daris’ triple and only allowed one hit in the last 2 1/3 innings to earn his second win of the season. Jordan Montgomery returned from a short stint on the disabled list and held the Braves to just one run on two hits in his start.
Charleston snapped their season-high six-game losing streak with Monday’s victory. The RiverDogs’ last win came on May 10 against the West Virginia Power.
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COMING UP: The RiverDogs play their second game against Rome with an early 10:30 a.m. start Tuesday. Charleston will send LHP Justin Kamplain (1-4, 3.82 ERA) to the mound against RHP Caleb Beech (2-2, 3.60 ERA) for the Braves. You can listen to the action on RiverDogs.com and via the Tune-In Radio app.
The RiverDogs return home on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th for special 6:35 p.m. start against the Rome Braves. Along with the special start time will be a special post-game fireworks show to round out the opener of the three-game homestand.