AUGUSTA — Charleston RiverDogs starting pitcher Rafael De Paula faced the minimum through five shutout innings Friday night and allowed only one hit as the RiverDogs topped the Augusta GreenJackets, 2-1, at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
De Paula (6-2) is now in a three-way tie for the most wins in the South Atlantic League.
The RiverDogs (32-20) remain in first place, a game ahead of Savannah, in the Southern Division standings. Augusta (29-25) drops to fifth place.
De Paula allowed, an infield bunt single by Jesus Galindo to lead off the fourth inning. He had three strikeouts to take his SAL league lead to 83.
Charleston’s Taylor Dugas led off the sixth with a hit-by-pitch. After back-to back flyouts to left field, catcher Peter O’Brien hit a two-run homer to left field to put the RiverDogs on the board 2-0.
Greg Bird was the lone RiverDog to reach base twice, as he went 2 for with a pair of singles.
Augusta starter Martin Agosta (5-2) went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out six.
The four-game series continues today at 7:05 p.m.
Charleston will send LHP Evan Rutckyj (5-2, 4.70 ERA) to the mound as Augusta counters with RHP Justin Schumer (1-4, 8.06 ERA).