Charleston jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first inning but Savannah's offense caught fire in a 7-4 win over the RiverDogs in front of 3,064 in a South Atlantic League game at Riley Park on Monday night.

The Sand Gnats (18-26, 60-54 overall) won their third straight, and Charleston (22-22, 53-60) has lost three in a row for the first time since July 22-24. The RiverDogs are 4 1/2 games out of first place in the Southern Division standings with 26 games to play.

The RiverDogs topped their run total and tied their hit total from Sunday's game -- a 10-2 loss to Savannah -- in the bottom of the first. Rob Lyerly hit an RBI single against John Church before Luke Murton's bloop hit and DeAngelo Mack's run-scoring single made it 3-1.

Church (6-1) hung on for the win after not allowing a hit or a run past the first inning. He gave up five hits with seven strikeouts in five innings.

In the Savannah second, a Jose Ramirez wild pitch with the bases loaded brought in a run and another run scored on a groundout.

Wilfredo Tovar had a two-out single to put the Sand Gnats up 4-3 in the fourth. In the sixth, Jet Butler and Matt Den Dekker each had RBI doubles for a 6-3 Savannah lead.

In the eighth, the RiverDogs' J.R. Murphy cut into a 7-3 deficit with a solo homer.

Ballpark fun

The boys in blue were out in full for Law Enforcement Night at the ballpark.

Up next

In tonight's 7:05 series finale, Charleston will start right-hander Brett Marshall (1-2, 4.50 ERA) against Savannah righty Collin McHugh (3-8, 3.56).