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Gaspar Santiago one-hit the RiverDogs over six innings of shutout ball, as the Augusta GreenJackets topped Charleston, 5-2, in South Atlantic League action Monday night in front of a season-high sellout crowd of 7,132 fans at Riley Park.

Augusta upped its second half mark to 4-8 and 35-47 overall. Charleston fell to 5-7 and 31-51.

The GreenJackets scored two unearned tallies for a 2-0 lead in the top of the second.

Ryan Lollis reached on a fielding error by RiverDogs third baseman Jose Toussen, and he crossed to third on a throwing error by Toussen with Josh Mazzola batting. Ryan Scoma made Toussen pay for his miscue, lining an RBI single to drive in Lollis. Joel Weeks accounted for the other score with an RBI groundout, plating Scoma from third base.

The GreenJackets upped their advantage to 3-0 in the third inning, as Mazzola hammered an RBI double off the fence in left-center.

Starter Steve Evarts kept Charleston around by allowing only two hits over his final three frames of work. The left-hander logged six innings.

In the seventh, Ramon Flores produced the RiverDogs' first run with a RBI groundout, and Kelvin De Leon inside-outed a bloop single to right to whittle the GreenJackets' cushion to 3-2.

Ballpark fun

Fans were treated to a fireworks display after the game.

Up next

Right-hander Zach Nuding (5-5, 4.60 ERA) is expected to start for Charleston tonight against fellow righty Shawn Sanford (4-6, 2.80 ERA) of Augusta in the second of the three-game series.