The Rome Braves scored five runs in the seventh inning to erase a 3-2 deficit and cruised to an 8-4 win Friday night over the Charleston RiverDogs in South Atlantic League action in front of 5,768 fans at Joe Riley Park.
The RiverDogs fell to 34-33 in the second half and 73-62 overall. The Braves improved to 36-31 and 72-64.
Both teams played long ball early with solo homers by Edison Sanchez for Rome and Ericson Leonora for Charleston in the second inning.
Still tied at 1-1 in the top of the fifth, Kyle Wren smacked his second home run of the year to put the Braves up 2-1.
The lead didn’t last long. After a walk to Greg Bird, Dante Bichette Jr. slammed his 11th homer of the year. The two-run shot gave the Dogs their first lead of the game at 3-2.
RiverDogs’ starter Brett Gerritse departed after six solid innings, having allowed just four hits, two runs, two walks and six strikeouts.
Righty Victor Beriguete came out of the bullpen to begin the seventh and was no relief for Charleston. In his debut for the Dogs, Beriguete allowed five runs — four earned — on three hits, two walks and two wild pitches, while recording just one out. He got tagged with the loss to fall to 1-0.
Bird led the RiverDogs with three walks and a single. He now has a league-leading 103 walks this season.
RHP Luis Niebla (4-6, 4.99 ERA) starts for Charleston on Saturday.