Sean Black pitched a career-high 7 1/3 innings, allowing only two earned runs, as the Charleston RiverDogs defeated the Rome Braves, 3-2 in South Atlantic League baseball action Sunday evening in front of a crowd of 2,577 at Riley Park.
The RiverDogs have won three games in a row to improve to 8-10, while Rome's fourth straight loss dropped the Braves to 7-11.
Black (1-1), a former Seton Hall Pirate, enjoyed his best start of the year allowing just five total hits while retiring 10 consecutive batters between the second and fifth innings. The Mount Laurel, N.J., native walked four and equaled a season-high four strikeouts in the triumph.
Charleston scored first for the fifth straight game, taking a 1-0 lead in the second on Emerson Landoni's RBI single to center field.
Faulty defense led to two unearned runs scoring for the RiverDogs in the sixth and the lead grew to 3-0. With two outs, Kyle Higashioka's popup was dropped by Rome second baseman Chris Lovett. Higashioka then scored on Taylor Grote's opposite-field double into the left-field corner. Landoni followed with an RBI single to left -- his third hit of the game -- to score Grote, which spelled the end for Rome starter Brett Oberholtzer (0-2), who tossed six innings and surrendered eight hits in the loss.
Rome scored twice in the eighth on an RBI triple by Kyle Rose and an infield single by Jordan Kreke, but Francisco Rondon set down the final five batters to earn his first save since 2006.
The four-game series continues tonight at 7:05 at Riley Park. Charleston sends touted Yankees prospect right-hander Jose Ramirez (0-0, 2.60) to the mound to face the former Yankees prospect Arodys Vizcaino (2-1, 4.24), who was sent to the Atlanta Braves in the offseason as part of the trade for major leaguer Javier Vazquez.
It was another a Family Sunday sponsored by the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission (CCPRC). It was also Seasoned Senior Day, with the stands packed with the RiverDogs' most senior "Be Your Own Fans!" Plus, the team signed autographs after the game.