Drive rips R’Dogs

GREENVILLE — It was a one-sided affair Tuesday afternoon as the Greenville Drive jumped on the Charleston RiverDogs for a 9-1 win at Fluor Field in South Atlantic League baseball.

With the loss, the RiverDogs (42-32) fell to 3-3 in the second half. Greenville (25-50) improved to 3-3 in the second half. The season series between Charleston and Greenville is now even at 10 games apiece.

Charleston’s lone run came in the third inning, which started on a Jake Cave leadoff single. Cito Culver then struck out, but Cave was able to steal second to move into scoring position. Greg Bird singled in Cave for the RiverDogs’ only score.

Bird has driven in 10 runs since the All-Star break. He went 1 for 2 with two walks and extended his hitting streak to a season-best nine games.

RiverDogs starter Evan Rutckyj (7-5) took the loss in his worst outing of the season as the left-hander lasted just 31/3 innings and allowed seven runs on 10 hits while walking five and allowing two homers.

Greenville starter Luis Diaz (2-4) had his best outing of the season as he went six innings and allowed just one run on five hits while striking out six and walking just two.

Mario Martinez had three hits, including a solo home run, and drove in four runs for the Drive, who pounded out 15 hits. Aneury Tavarez, who homered and drove in two runs, was one of seven players with multiple hits for Greenville.

Charleston has dropped the first two games in this series and will look to salvage a game in the finale at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Fluor Field. The RiverDogs will send right-hander Vicente Campos (1-2, 4.31 ERA) to the mound as Greenville counters with fellow righty Frank Montas (1-6, 6.34).