R’Dogs survive Drive

Jose Rosario doubled in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning in his Charleston debut as the RiverDogs held off the Greenville Drive, 5-4, in South Atlantic League baseball Sunday at Riley Park.

Kelvin De Leon drove in two runs to help the South Division-leading RiverDogs (29-18) take three of four in the series from the Drive (14-34).

Greenville took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth. In the bottom of the inning, Peter O’Brien walked and moved to third after Taylor Dugas reached on a dropped fly ball. De Leon’s groundout scored O’Brien to tie the game, then Rosario ripped a double to left to give Charleston a 4-3 lead. Rosario also had a pair of walks.

Dante Bichette Jr.’s RBI single in the seventh made it 5-3. Greenville cut the lead to one as a wild pitch by Ben Paullus allowed a run to score, and had the bases loaded with no outs before Paullus recovered to strike out back-to-back batters and coax a popup to end the game and earn his second save.

Dietrich Enns (3-0) won in relief of starter Rafael DePaula.

Sunday was the fourth of five Dog Days at The Joe. After the game, RiverDogs players stuck around to sign autographs.

Charleston is at Rome today at 5:05 p.m. The RiverDogs will start left-hander Evan Rutckyj (4-2, 4.74 ERA) against Rome RHP Williams Perez (4-3, 4.20).