R’Dogs sneak past Rome

. — Reymond Nunez’s RBI double in the top of the 12th inning was the difference in Charleston’s 5-4 victory over Rome in a South Atlantic League game Sunday at State Mutual Stadium.

The RiverDogs (42-30, 3-1) remain in a first-place tie with Lexington in the Southern Division.

RiverDogs starter Daniel Camarena was perfect through three innings and allowed just one hit, a bunt single, and two strikeouts in five innings. Camarena was relieved by Zach Arneson, who was making his season debut for the RiverDogs to start the sixth inning.

Charleston ended up using five pitchers out of the bullpen, with Adam Smith (3-0) picking up the victory after pitching the 11th and 12th to close out the game.

Charleston’s first two runs came in the fifth inning when Angelo Gumbs doubled to drive in Cito Culver and Dante Bichette, Jr.

Charleston’s scored again in the ninth as Bichette, who was walked four times, doubled home Bird. The RiverDogs were then held scoreless until the top of the 12th when they struck for a pair of runs, thanks to Reymond Nunez and a key error by Rome second baseman Ronald Luna.

All nine RiverDogs recorded a hit Sunday and both Bird and Danny Oh extended their hitting streaks to seven games each.

The RiverDogs will begin a three-game series at Greenville today. Charleston will send RHP Cesar Vargas (2-3, 3.45 ERA) to the mound in the opener as the Drive counter with RHP Justin Haley (3-6, 4.61 ERA).