AUGUSTA — Chris Stratton threw eight shutout innings as the Augusta GreenJackets defeated the Charleston RiverDogs, 6-0, at Lake Olmstead Stadium in South Atlantic League action on Friday night.
The RiverDogs (22-18 second half, 61-47 overall) remain 21/2 games behind first-place Lexington in the Southern Division.
Augusta (21-18, 59-49) got on the board in the fourth inning. With two quick outs to start the inning, Shawn Payne double to center before Joseph Rapp singled up the middle to score Payne.
In the sixth inning, Charleston pulled starter Dan Camarena in favor of left James Pazos. Pazos struggled as he allowed four singles and a two-run homer. In the end, Augusta scored five more runs to take a commanding lead.
Stratton (8-3) earned the win, scattering four hits while striking out seven and walking three in eight innings. Ian Gardeck pitched a perfect ninth for Augusta to close out the game.
RiverDogs starter Daniel Camarena (3-6) took the loss. He allowed just one run on three hits with six strikeouts.
The series continues Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m.