GREENVILLE - In a long, high-scoring affair that also included a 40-minute rain delay, the Charleston RiverDogs topped the Greenville Drive with an 8-7 victory Tuesday night at Fluor Field in South Atlantic League action.
Tuesday's win also allowed the RiverDogs to even their overall record and return to .500 for the first time since May 30.
Charleston jumped to 31-27 in the second half and 64-64 overall. The RiverDogs had been as many as 14 games below .500 before returning to a non-losing record on Tuesday. Greenville slipped to 18-40 and 52-75, respectively.
The RiverDogs rallied for five runs in the top of the third and took a 6-2 advantage. Gosuke Katoh walked and Avelino walked before a rain delay interrupted a plate appearance by Tyler Wade.
Following the delay, Wade drew a walk that loaded the bases. After back-to-back flyouts, Jackson Valera singled to tie the game. Yeicok Calderon, Brandon Thomas, and Eduardo de Oleo all drove in runs with walks. Katoh added another run with a single to cap the scoring.
The Drive rallied in the eighth, but it was stopped short at 8-7 in favor of the RiverDogs. With two outs and the bases loaded, Wendell Rijo singled to drive in Danny Bethea. Jimmy Rider scored on a wild pitch to cut the difference to one. However, a groundout closed the inning and Greenville was held scoreless in the ninth.
Conor Mullee picked up his first RiverDogs win, tossing 1.2 shutout innings and moving to 1-0 for Charleston. Daniel McGrath lost and fell to 5-6 after allowing a career-high seven walks and six runs. Eric Ruth pitched the final 1.1 innings for a save, his sixth of the season.
Game two of the three-game series will be played at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday with RiverDogs RHP Andy Beresford (1-1, 3.79 ERA) scheduled to face Drive RHP Myles Smith (4-9, 5.87 ERA).