The Charleston RiverDogs completed their first four-game series sweep in nearly two years with a 5-0 win over the slumping Rome Braves on Tuesday at Riley Park.
Jimmy Paredes went 3 for 4 with an RBI and three stolen bases and Kelvin Perez threw six shutout innings, as the RiverDogs improved to .500 on the season in front of a crowd of 3,178 fans and school children.
The four-game series sweep was the first for the RiverDogs (10-10) since August 2008 and first home sweep since June 2008. The RiverDogs had a season-high six doubles as part of the 12-hit attack and stole a season-high five bases.
Rome (7-12) has lost six games in a row and 13 of 15. The Braves failed to score against Charleston in the final 19 innings of the series and in 29 of the last 30 innings overall.
Perez allowed four hits -- all singles -- and three walks while striking out two for the RiverDogs, dropping his ERA to a miniscule 1.05. Ben Watkins and Ryan Flannery combined to one-hit Rome over the final three innings and finish off consecutive shutout performances.
In what has become a recurring theme, the RiverDogs scored the first run. For the seventh straight game, Charleston opened the scoring, getting an RBI groundout from Paredes in the first inning against Rome starter David Hale (0-3).
DeAngelo Mack made it 2-0 in the fourth inning on a two-out RBI single to right.
Charleston added another run the following inning as Francisco Arcia singled home Taylor Grote. Rob Lyerly had an RBI groundout in the sixth inning to make it 4-0.
Luke Murton, who increased his hitting streak to 14 games, capped the scoring with an eighth-inning RBI single. He finished 2 for 4.
Zoilo Almonte contributed a pair of doubles and two runs for the RiverDogs, while Arcia went 2 for 4 with a double, RBI and run scored.
Hale went four innings, allowing five hits while walking a season-high five and striking out three for the Braves.
It was the club's second Charleston County Education Day presented by Y102.5 FM. It was also BI-LO Two for Tuesday, with two-for-one ticket discounts and Kraft Singles Tuesday Night Tickets. Today is All-You-Can-Eat Wild Wednesday presented by 95.9 WIOP. For $20 fans can enjoy all-you-can eat and drink menu items all game long in the Ashley View Pub. Local artist Sarah Hickey has paintings on display, and fans can bring their own brush and paint with her.
The second four-game series of the homestand begins at 7:05 p.m. today as the RiverDogs welcome the Hickory Crawdads to town. Charleston sends left-hander Shaeffer Hall (1-0, 0.71 ERA) to the mound to face right-hander Joe Wieland (0-2, 1.93) for Hickory.