ASHEVILLE, N.C. - In a back-and-forth game that included four ties and three lead changes, the Asheville Tourists edged the Charleston RiverDogs, 9-6, on Sunday afternoon at McCormick Field in South Atlantic League action.
The RiverDogs (19-17 second half, 52-54 overall) had a five-game win streak snapped.
After the teams traded runs in the early innings, the Tourists (28-9, 69-37) pulled ahead with a two-run fourth inning to take a 4-2 advantage. With one out in the inning, Asheville immediately loaded the bases against RiverDogs reliever Chad Taylor. Zach Osborne singled to drive in Dillon Thomas and Ashley Graeter for the go-ahead runs.
Charleston took advantage of errors in the fifth o surge in front, 6-4. A fielding error loaded the bases for Michael O'Neill, who grounded out to score Brandon Thomas.
Miguel Andujar struck out, but a wild pitch allowed Andujar to reach first base to extend the inning while Mark Payton scored and Tyler Wade made it to third. Andujar stole second base before a wild pitch and a throwing error helped Wade and Andujar cross home plate and give Charleston the lead.
Asheville responded in the bottom half to retake the lead, 7-6, and added insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings for a 9-6 advantage.
Antonio Senzatela improved to a league-best 12-1 record with the victory, while Chad Taylor (2-2) was charged with the loss for Charleston. Asheville reliever Trent Daniel picked up his 10th save.
The series continues Monday at 7:05 p.m. with RiverDogs RHP Rookie Davis (4-8, 4.68 ERA) opposing Tourists RHP Alex Balog (7-3, 3.94).
The next RiverDogs home-stand is scheduled for Thursday, through Sunday against the Hagerstown Suns. Upcoming promotions include Gullah Heritage Night, Robert English's Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame enshrinement, Rainbows Day and a postgame fireworks display.
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