AUGUSTA -- Nick Liles walked with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to force home the game-winning run in a 2-1 victory for Augusta over Charleston in a South Atlantic League game Thursday night.
Augusta (20-19, 61-48 overall) salvaged the finale to split the four-game series. Charleston (21-19, 52-57) still won the season series against the GreenJackets 14-11, marking the first time that has occurred since 2005.
A 1-1 tie lasted until the bottom of the ninth, when Eliezer Zambrano hit a leadoff single against Francisco Gil (1-3). After a failed sacrifice attempt from Ydwin Villegas for one out, Evan Crawford was hit by a pitch, and Ryan Cavan reached on an error to load the bases. Liles stepped in and took four straight balls for the walkoff victory.
After losing Game 1 in relief, Hector Correa (4-3) threw a scoreless top of the ninth with two strikeouts to win the finale.
Three hits for the RiverDogs in the first inning against Wilmin Rodriguez resulted in a 1-0 lead, courtesy of Rob Lyerly’s RBI single to right.
Rodriguez, who was the winning pitcher in relief on Tuesday, worked a season-high 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision, giving up just one run on five hits, while walking one and striking out two.
RiverDogs starter Brett Marshall worked five shutout innings for the RiverDogs in a no-decision.
Lyerly had two of the RiverDogs’ seven hits.
Charleston opens a home series against Savannah tonight. RiverDogs right-hander Sean Black (5-7, 4.30 ERA) will face Sand Gnats righty Armando Rodriguez (6-6, 3.18).
E--Murphy, Lyerly. DP--Augusta 1. LOB--Charleston 7, Augusta 12. 2B--Lyerly. HR--Caven. SB--Heathcott, Crawford. CS--Landoni, Castro, Medchill.
WP--Heredia. HBP--by Gil (Crawford); by Wilson (Landoni). PB--Zambrano.
Time--2:57. Att: 3,833.