ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Pinch-hitter John Murphy drove in Gosuke Katoh with a two-out single in the 13th inning to send the Charleston RiverDogs to an 8-7 win over the Asheville Tourists in 13 innings on Saturday at McCormick Field in South Atlantic League baseball.
The RiverDogs have won 16 of their last 19 games, improving to 19-16 in the second half and 51-53 overall with the win. The Tourists are now 27-9 and 68-37, respectively. This was Charleston's first 13-inning game since a 3-2 loss to Asheville on June 7, 2013.
After Asheville scored in the first, Charleston answered by taking a 2-1 lead in the top of the second. Katoh had a sacrifice fly that plated Jackson Valera. Brandon Thomas followed with a double that was coupled with an error, which allowed Reymond Nunez to score.
Asheville reclaimed the lead at 3-2, but the RiverDogs scored the next five straight runs to build a 7-3 lead. Nunez and Katoh got into scoring position in the fourth and both scored on a single from Mark Payton. Miguel Andujar opened a three-run fifth inning with a two-run blast, his ninth home run of the season. Michael O'Neill singled, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
Over the next three innings, the Tourists erased the deficit and tied the game at 7.
In Asheville's half of the ninth, Correlle Prime, who homered earlier in the game, attempted to score on a two-out double by Jose Briceno and was thrown out on a rally from O'Neill to Tyler Wade to Eduardo de Oleo.
Charleston went ahead 8-7 on Murphy's single in the 13th inning. Katoh doubled at the beginning of the frame. With one out, Murphy fouled off three straight 1-2 pitches before bouncing a single up the middle that scored Katoh. Asheville was retired in order in the last of the 13th to wrap up the contest.
Giovanny Gallegos evened his record at 4-4 with a pair of scoreless innings.
Game two of the four-game series is set for 2:05 p.m. Sunday. Charleston LHP Ian Clarkin (3-3, 3.36 ERA) will pitch against Asheville RHP Antonio Senzatela (11-1, 3.50 ERA).