Four-run 4th sparks R’Dogs

— Charleston got on the board first and never looked back, winning the series opener against the Rome Braves, 6-2, on Monday night at State Mutual Stadium to snap a six-game losing streak.

The RiverDogs (20-17) sent eight batters to the plate in the fourth inning and scored four runs, starting with a Dustin Fowler RBI triple.

The next batter, Chris Breen, hit a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Fowler. Charleston added two more later in the frame on an RBI single by Devyn Bolasky.

Chris Breen blasted a two-run home run to center field in the top of the fifth to put the game out of reach at 6-0. Breen drove in a season-high three runs in the game.

Rome (16-20) scored its first run in the fifth inning on a solo home run by Wigberto Nevarez. The Braves added one more when Joseph Daris hit an RBI triple in the seventh, but they could not pull any closer than 6-2.

Dillon McNamara (2-0) relieved Monolo Reyes after Daris’ triple and only allowed one hit in the last 21/3 innings to earn his second win of the season. Jordan Montgomery returned from a short stint on the disabled list and held the Braves to just one run on two hits in his start.

Seth Webster (0-1) shut out the RiverDogs for three innings, but he took the loss in his minor league debut after running into trouble in the fourth and fifth.

The three-game series continues with a 10:30 a.m. game Tuesday. Charleston will send LHP Justin Kamplain (1-4, 3.82 ERA) to the mound against RHP Caleb Beech (2-2, 3.60).

The RiverDogs return home on May 25 for a special 6:35 p.m. Memorial Day start against Rome at Riley Park.

Along with the early start time will be a postgame fireworks show to round out the opener of the three-game homestand.