GREENVILLE - Reymond Nunez and Dustin Fowler homered as the Charleston RiverDogs kicked off a seven-game road trip with a 6-2 win over the Greenville Drive on Monday night at Fluor Field in South Atlantic League abaseball.
The RiverDogs (29-35) jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the top of the first inning. Greenville's Trey Ball walked Michael O'Neill and Tyler Wade to open the game. Aaron Judge doubled to score O'Neill for the first run. Groundouts by Miguel Andujar and Jackson Valera allowed Wade and Judge to come in and add to Charleston's early lead.
Greenville (30-33) got an RBI double from Jake Romanski against RiverDogs starter Luis Severino in the third to cut the lead to 3-1.
Nunez blasted a solo homer to left-center field to push the RiverDogs to a 4-1 lead during the fourth. It was his first home run this season.
The Drive threatened in the fifth inning and only managed to score one run. Two walks and an error on a sacrifice bunt immediately loaded the bases. Romanski grounded into a double play, starting when Severino threw home to retire Jordan Weems at the plate. However, a wild pitch did score Aneudis Peralta and cut the lead to 4-2.
In the sixth inning, Charleston extended the lead to 5-2 as Fowler connected on the first pitch of the inning for a solo home run, his second of the season.
The RiverDogs added an insurance run in the eighth. Eduardo de Oleo got on base with a one-out single and advanced to third base when Nunez reached on an error. de Oleo was driven in on a single by Gosuke Katoh.
Severino (2-2) allowed two runs in 51/3 innings with six strikeouts. Charleston also picked up scoreless relief from Evan Rutckyj and Angel Rincon.
Game 2 of this three-game series is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday. RiverDogs LHP Ian Clarkin (2-3, 3.86 ERA) will face Drive RHP Jamie Callahan (2-5, 6.79). The RiverDogs return home to start the second half on June 19 in a nationally televised game on CBS Sports Network against the Kannapolis Intimidators.