Nunez’s blast lifts R’Dogs to fourth straight victory

Reymond Nunez hit a tiebreaking two-run home run, his third blast in as many games, as the Charleston RiverDogs defeated Savannah, 5-3, in South Atlantic League baseball Monday night at Riley Park.

Charleston (19-15) won its fourth straight, gaining ground on the Southern Division- leading Sand Gnats (21-14).

Trailing 3-1, the RiverDogs knotted the score in the sixth on a two-run homer by Yeicok Calderon, his fourth of the year. In the eighth, Nunez belted his fourth homer of the season to score Peter O’Brien, who had doubled.

O’Brien finished 3 for 3 with a solo homer for Charleston. Vicente Campos (1-1) threw four shutout innings of relief to earn the win, while Alex Smith earned his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

It was the third Dog Day of the year where fans can bring their dog to the ballpark, and the only one that falls on a Monday this season.

The second game of the series is at 7:05 p.m. today. Left-hander Daniel Camarena (0-2, 8.14 ERA) will be on the mound for Charleston and will face RHP Gabriel Ynoa (4-2, 4.32). Today is 2-For-$20 Date Night. For $20, fans get two tickets, two slices of pizza, two Pepsis and a popcorn. One lucky couple will be chosen to enjoy a candlelit dinner sponsored by La Fontana.

It’s also a Healthy Challenge Tuesday with special healthy food items available plus healthy lifestyle tips throughout the game.