Every player in the lineup for Rome had at least one hit as the Braves slugged their way past the Charleston RiverDogs, 7-3, on Thursday night at Riley Park in front of 4,488 fans.
The Braves’ bats came alive in the fourth inning as they pounded out six hits and scored four runs to take a 4-0 lead.
Charleston (23-24 second half, 62-53 overall) got a leadoff single in the fifth from Cito Culver, who scored after a wild pitch, a groundout and a passed ball.
Down 7-1 in the seventh, Greg Bird picked up his only hit with a single, and he promptly scored on a monster home run to left by Ericson Leonora, his first as a RiverDog, that cut the lead to 7-3.
Luis Severino (0-1) took the loss for Charleston. He breezed through three innings before getting roughed up in the fourth to finish with eight hits, four runs, no walks and five strikeouts in five innings.
Eric Krupa, president of the South Atlantic League, was on hand to catch his first game in Charleston this year. He also joined the RiverDogs’ radio broadcast as color analyst for a couple of innings.
The series continues Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Riley Park. RHP Cesar Vargas (4-4, 2.96 ERA) will be on the mound for Charleston and Rome will start RHP Wes Parsons (4-6, 2.99 ERA).