Rome, Ga. — Mike Lyon's two-run homer in the fifth was not enough for Charleston as Luis Sumoza's grand slam lifted the Braves over the RiverDogs, 7-4, in South Atlantic League action Sunday afternoon in front of 1,957 fans at Rome's State Mutual Stadium.
With the defeat, the RiverDogs and Braves split their four-game set. Charleston dropped to 6-4 on the season while the Braves improved to 5-5.
The RiverDogs took the lead after Lyon hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to give Charleston a 2-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the fifth with two men on, RiverDogs' starter Brett Marshall walked the bases loaded before Sumoza hit a grand slam to give the Braves a 5-2.
Rome manufactured a pair of runs to help extend its lead to 7-2 in the sixth inning.
The RiverDogs struck back in the seventh inning.
Lyon scored on Chase Weems' RBI double to left before a Dan Brewer single scored Weems as Charleston cut into the Braves' lead 7-4.
Charleston starter Brett Marshall (0-1) struck out three, issued five walks and five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched.
Rome's starter Richard Sullivan (3-0) allowed two earned runs on six hits and struck out seven in six innings.
Rome's closer Benino Pruneda earned his third save of the season after striking out two of the three batters he faced.
RiverDogs center fielder Abraham Almonte doubled in the sixth inning to extend his hitting streak to a team-high nine games.
The RiverDogs play at Savannah today. with 6-10 right-hander Andrew Brackman (0-1, 6.30 ERA) getting the start.
, while Savannah is scheduled to send right-hander Elvin Ramirez (1-0, 1.86 ERA) to the hill.
Charleston returns to Riley Park on Saturday for a three-game series against Savannah.