Charleston reliever Phil Wetherell got two outs with the tying runner at second base in the top of the ninth inning to finish the game and preserve a 9-8 victory for the RiverDogs (18-15) over the Hickory Crawdads in South Atlantic League baseball Sunday night in front of 3,317 fans at Riley Park.

Starting pitcher Evan Rutckyj (4-2) was roughed up for four runs in the first inning, including a three-run homer by Ryan Rua, but he settled down to become the first RiverDogs pitcher to reach four wins.

With Hickory (19-16) on top 4-0 in the bottom of the third, Charleston exploded for seven runs on six hits, highlighted by Greg Bird’s two-run triple and a three-run homer by Reymond Nunez to make it 7-4.

The Crawdads scored three in the top of the ninth, but Wetherell relieved and was able to get the last two outs as the RiverDogs won their third straight.

Ballpark fun

It was Pink In the Park for Mother’s Day as moms who wore pink to the game got in free.

Coming up

The RiverDogs begin a three-game series today against the Savannah Sand Gnats with a 7:05 p.m. start time. It’s Dollar Hot Dogs and Dollar Beers in the Ashley View Pub. It will also be Dog Day where fans can bring their dogs to the game.