Matt Lujan allowed one run in seven innings as the Augusta GreenJackets beat the Charleston RiverDogs, 4-1, Saturday night in South Atlantic League baseball at Riley Park in front of 5,232 fans.
Lujan (3-0) struck out three, allowing one run, before turning it over to the GreenJackets’ bullpen, which shut the door on the RiverDogs (11-9 second half, 50-38 overall).
Augusta (10-10, 48-41) struck first with two runs in the top of the third inning. Rafael Rodriguez and Andrew Cain started the rally with consecutive singles. Rodriguez would score on a fielder’s choice, while Cain was plated by a Mitchell Delfino single to left field.
The GreenJackets added one run to their lead in the fifth as Cain scored on a fielder’s choice after reaching base with a walk.
In the bottom of the fifth, Greg Bird belted his 10th home run of the season, a solo shot, to cut the lead to 3-1. That was as close as the RiverDogs would get.
Augusta added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a Joseph Rapp RBI single.
Tyler Mizenko earned his 20th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Evan Rutckyj (7-6) was tagged with the hard-luck loss for Charleston. In six innings, he surrendered two earned runs on just five hits, issued two walks, and also struck out two batters.
The series continues Sunday at 5:05 p.m. at Riley Park.
The first 1,000 fans through the gate received a Bill Murray T-Shirt. Prior to the game, more than 20 young men and women took the Army enlistment oath led by Captain Bonny Hutchinson.
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