Jose Ramirez tossed a career-high eight scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, as the Charleston RiverDogs held on to beat the Augusta GreenJackets, 3-2, in front of 5,843 in South Atlantic League baseball at Riley Park on Thursday night.
Charleston (17-17) has won four games in a row to climb back to .500.
Augusta has lost two straight to fall to 19-15.
Ramirez (2-0) did not walk a batter and struck out five.
Ronny Marte entered the ninth for Charleston and gave up two hits and a walk to load the bases with two out. Tommy Joseph then lined a two-run single to right cutting the deficit to 3-2. With Ryan Lollis batting, Charleston catcher Kyle Higashioka threw behind Nick Liles at second base. Kelvin Castro threw to third baseman Garrison Lassiter, who tossed back to Jimmy Paredes, who applied the game-ending tag out on Liles as he attempted to slide back into second base.
Charleston scored all three of its runs with two outs in the second against Augusta's Kyle Vazquez on a two-run double by Castro and a RBI double by Ray Kruml.
Game three of the series is today at 7:05 p.m. Charleston sends right-hander Kelvin Perez (2-0, 1.13 ERA) to the mound, while Augusta will start right-hander Chris Heston (1-3, 4.80 ERA).