LAKEWOOD, N.J. -- The Charleston RiverDogs plated five runs in the top of the 14th inning en route to a 6-1 victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws in a South Atlantic League game at FirstEnergy Park on Monday night.
The RiverDogs (11-14) snapped a four-game losing streak. The loss was the third straight for Lakewood (13-12).
The contest marks the longest that Charleston has played since May 11, 2009, a 3-2, 14-inning loss to the Lexington Legends.
All five runs scored with two outs in the 14th inning, as Ray Kruml reached on an infield single, moved to third on a single by Zoilo Almonte off Siulman Lebron (0-1), then came home with the decisive run on DeAngelo Mack's RBI single inside the bag at first for a 2-1 lead.
Jimmy Paredes then reached on an error to score Almonte and increase the lead to 3-1. Luke Murton followed with a three-run homer to left-center, his fourth of the year, to cap the scoring.
Ryan Acosta (1-1) earned his first SAL victory, throwing two scoreless innings, including a game-ending strikeout of Jonathan Villar.
Neither starting pitcher figured in the decision, but Charleston's Kelvin Perez and Lakewood's Jonathan Pettibone were both brilliant. Perez worked a career-high eight innings, allowing one run on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Pettibone pitched seven innings of two-hit ball. He walked two and struck out five.
Lakewood took a 1-0 lead in the fourth, when Darin Ruf lined a two-out RBI double against Perez.
Pettibone was aided by spark-ling Lakewood defense, which included a diving stop by third baseman Adam Buschini in the fourth to rob Murton.
The game remained 1-0 until two outs in the top of the ninth, when Kelvin Castro drove an RBI double to left-center to plate Rob Lyerly. It was Castro's first extra-base hit since April 9.
A combined nine pitchers were used and 22 runners were left on base in the 3-hour, 53 minute affair, marking the longest RiverDogs game in 2010.
Almonte paced Charleston's 12-hit attack, going 4 for 7 with a double and a run scored. Kruml had two hits.
Game 2 of the series is at 6:35 tonight. Charleston will start left-hander Shaeffer Hall (1-0, 0.81 ERA) against Lakewood righty Jarred Cosart (3-1, 3.26).
LOB--RiverDogs 11; BlueClaws 11. 2B--Lassiter, Castro, Almonte, Ruf, Barnes. HR--Murton. SB--Paredes, Schoenberger, James. CS--Almonte, Castro.
Time--3:53. Att: 3,835.