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RiverDogs' rally comes up short

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Charleston scored four runs in ninth inning, but the tying run was left 90 feet from home as the RiverDogs fell to the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 7-6, in South Atlantic League action at NewBridge Bank Park on Monday.

Arquimedes Caminero was summoned to protect a 7-2 lead in the ninth for Greensboro (16-15, 48-53), but for the second time in the series, he did not retire a batter. Neil Medchill walked, DeAngelo Mack singled, and Emerson Landoni walked to load the bases.

A.J. Ramos was brought in and gave up a first-pitch RBI single to Francisco Santana, cutting the lead to 7-3. With the bases still loaded, J.R. Murphy walked on four pitches to force home a run for a 7-4 score.

Slade Heathcott was caught looking on a 3-2 pitch for the first out, but Jimmy Paredes grounded a two-run single to center, bringing the margin to 7-6. After Rob Lyerly struck out, Luke Murton walked to reload the bases for Medchill.

Medchill, who walked to lead off the RiverDogs' ninth, struck out to end the rally and give Ramos his 22nd save, which is tied for the SAL lead.

Greensboro's Jose Duarte hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning for his seventh of the year and a 5-1 cushion.

Grasshoppers starter Robert Morey worked a season-high four innings in a no-decision for Greensboro, giving up a run on three hits, while walking two and fanning four.

Curt Petersen (4-8) earned the win with four innings of relief for the Grasshoppers -- his first since June 18 -- allowing a run on two hits with two walks and one strikeout.

Brett Marshall (1-2) threw a season-low four innings, surrendering five runs on seven hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts for Charleston (14-17, 45-55).

Mack and Santana had two hits each for Charleston, while Duarte went 4 for 5 with a home run and a season-high four RBIs for Greensboro.

Game four of the series -- and the last game of the RiverDogs' road trip -- begins at 12:30 p.m. today, with the RiverDogs pitching left-hander Josh Romanski (5-3, 2.91 ERA) against Greensboro left-hander Jose Alvarez (8-3, 3.08 ERA), who is tied for third in the league in victories.

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