Lakewood, N.J. — The Lakewood BlueClaws (8-17) jumped out to an early lead and held on to hand the Charleston RiverDogs (13-11) their fifth straight road loss, 4-3, on Wednesday evening at FirstEnergy Park.

The RiverDogs managed a pair of runs in the fifth and another in the eighth on seven hits. Charleston’s Greg Bird and Claudio Custodio each had two hits.

Making his first start of the season, left-hander Evan Rutckyj struggled. He allowed two runs on four hits but allowed six walks and only struk out two over 31/3 innings.

Dietrich Enns helped keep the RiverDogs in the game with 12/3 innings of perfect relief. He struck out four of the five batters he faced.

Enns was relieved by Vicente Campos (0-1), who made his first relief appearance of the season. Campos allowed two runs, four hits and had a season-high seven strikeouts over three innings.

BlueClaws starter Yoel Mecias was impressive after a rocky start to his season. Mecias went 42/3 innings while he allowed two runs on four hits and eight strikeouts.

Picking up the win for Lakewood was reliever Miguel Nunez (3-0). Nunez threw 31/3 innings in relief and only allowed one run on two hits.

Offensively, the BlueClaws were led by their No. 9 hitter, Chace Numata. Numata was 3 for 3 with a pair of singles, a home run and a walk. Center fielder Carlos Tocci was the only other BlueClaw to record multiple hits.

Coming up

The RiverDogs and BlueClaws are at it again today, in Game 2 of their three-game series. Charleston will send LHP Daniel Camarena (0-1, 9.00 ERA) to the mound, as Lakewood counters with RHP Nicholas Hanson (0-0, 5.74 ERA).

The RiverDogs return home to Riley Park on May 9 when they face Hickory.