Jorge Mateo went 3 for 5, hit an inside-the-park home run and stole three bases, but it was not enough to lift the Charleston RiverDogs to a victory as they lost, 4-2, to the Rome Braves in front of 5,344 fans Monday night at Riley Park.
Trailing 3-0 in the fifth inning, Vicente Conde drew a one-out walk before Mateo ripped a ground ball down the third base line. It rolled all the way to the corner, and by the time the Braves (20-24) chased it down, Mateo was already rounding third base and heading for home. He slid in safely ahead of the throw to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Charleston (23-21) had a chance to score with a runner on second in the eighth, but Radley Haddad grounded out to end the inning.
Rome added one more run in the ninth on an infield single by Omar Obregon and upped its advantage to 4-2.
The RiverDogs loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning, but could not plate a run. Kyle Kinman struck out Austin Aune to end the game and earn his fifth save of the season.
Joey Terdoslavich joined Rome on Monday on a major-league rehab assignment from the Atlanta Braves. He went 2 for 4 with a run scored.
The RiverDogs celebrated Memorial Day by giving out American flags. Former New York Yankees star Hideki Matsui was in attendance and received a standing ovation when he was honored in the middle of the fifth inning. The night was capped off by a fireworks display.
Charleston will start RHP Luis Cedeno (3-3, 2.43 ERA) for Tuesday’s 7:35 p.m. game against Rome at Riley Park.