ROME, GA. — On a cool, rainy night, the Rome Braves took a wet ballgame from the Charleston RiverDogs, 5-4, on Sunday night at State Mutual Stadium.
There were two rain delays that combined for one hour and 51 minutes.
It was the second straight loss for the RiverDogs (28-28 second half, 67-57 overall).
Greg Bird paced Charleston offensively, going 3 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.
After Bird’s RBI double in the top of the first inning, Rome got a two-run homer from Edison Sanchez in the bottom half of the inning to go up 2-1.
Sanchez had a huge night for the Braves, finishing 3 for 3 with a homer, two singles, a walk, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Ericson Leonora tied it for Charleston in the top of the third with an RBI single that scored Bird. But Rome again responded in its half of the inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Chase Anselment lined a base hit to right field that scored two runs and put the Braves back on top 4-2.
Sanchez knocked in another run for Rome in the fifth.
Charleston added two runs in the eighth inning on RBIs by Bird and Leonora, but couldn’t get any closer.
The finale of the four-game series is Monday, with first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.