Eight Savannah Sand Gnats registered multi-hit games in a 10-2 thrashing of the Charleston RiverDogs in front of 3,398 fans at Riley Park on Sunday night.

The 18 hits given up by Charleston tied the club's season high, having previously surrendered 18 to Rome on May 19.

Savannah improved to 17-26, 59-54 overall, while Charleston dropped back-to-back games for the first time since July 23-24 and fell to 22-21, 53-59 overall.

Luke Murton's RBI single scored J.R. Murphy from second, cutting the Savannah lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the first, but Charleston would not score again against starter Taylor Whitenton (6-6), who surrendered the unearned run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven.

A three-run, four-hit top of the second bumped the lead to 5-1. Matt Den Dekker -- who was added to Savannah's roster earlier in the day, delivered his second single of the night to score James Schroeder for a 3-1 lead.

Shields' RBI groundout made the score 4-1, while two two-out wild pitches from Mike Solbach (2-4) allowed Den Dekker to score for a 5-1 advantage.

All nine Savannah starters had hits, led by Wilfredo Tovar's 3-for-5, two-RBI evening. Neil Medchill had the only multi-hit game for Charleston going 2-for-3 as the team posted just five hits.

Game 4 of the five-game series is set for tonight at 7:05. Charleston starts right-hander Jose Ramirez (6-4, 3.12).

Ballpark fun

Before the national anthem, there was a cow milking competition on the field for Dairy Day.

It was another Charleston County Parks & Recreation Family Sunday with family catch on the field prior to the game. RiverDogs pitcher Ryan Acosta even treated the younger fans to a story before the game with Reading with the RiverDogs.