RiverDogs rally to keep pace in division

GREENVILLE — Needing to keep pace in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division, Cito Culver belted two home runs as the Charleston RiverDogs rallied for a 10-5 win over Greenville at Fluor Field on Wednesday night.

Culver drove in four runs, while Peter O’Brien was 3 for 5 with a homer and a double to lead Charleston (37-26), which remained a game behind Savannah in the standings.

Trailing 5-4, the RiverDogs scored three runs each in the seventh and eighth innings against the last-place Drive (22-43).

RiverDogs All-Star right-hander Rafael De Paula had his worst start of the season, allowing five runs in five innings.

O’Brien’s homer was a solo shot in the fifth inning, his team-leading 11th of the season, to cut Greenville’s lead to 5-4.

In the seventh, Culver tied the game with a solo blast. The RiverDogs went ahead for good on an RBI double by Taylor Dugas and an RBI single by Reymond Nunez. Charleston closed the scoring on a three-run homer by Culver in the eighth.

Adam Smith (2-0) went two scoreless innings of relief. Dietrich Enns got the final six outs, five on strikeouts, to secure the win.

The RiverDogs return home to close out the first half of the season against Augusta for a crucial five-game series. The teams play today at 6:05 p.m. by resuming their suspended game from April 14 that ended with the score tied going to the top of the 14th inning due to rain. Following the conclusion of that game, the regularly scheduled game will begin at either 7:05 p.m. or 30 minutes following the final pitch of the suspended game.

In the second game, the RiverDogs will send left-hander Evan Rutckyj (6-3, 4.79 ERA) to the mound as Augusta counters with RHP Martin Agosta (6-2, 2.19).