SAVANNAH — Lefty Jordan Montgomery pitched into the sixth before turning it over to the bullpen, who polished off the Sand Gnats with three scoreless innings, as the RiverDogs downed Savannah, 4-3, Friday night at Grayson Stadium.
The victory marked the first on the road for Charleston in the 2015 season.
The game was tied 1-1 going into the fifth inning before the RiverDogs pushed across three runs in the top half of the inning. Jose Javier sparked the rally with an infield single against Savannah starter Brad Wieck (0-2). He then stole second and third before he broke the tie and scored on a ground ball to third. Dustin Fowler drove home the second run of the frame with a triple to the wall in left-center, and Connor Spencer upped the lead to 4-1 with a sacrifice fly.
Montgomery (2-0) gave a run back in each of the next two innings, which cut the lead to 4-3. JC Rodriguez made it a two-run game with a RBI single in the fifth and Tomas Nieto scored on a sacrifice fly in the sixth, making it a one-run game.
The former University of South Carolina standout was lifted after the sacrifice fly, and the latest RiverDog, Dillon McNamara, was called upon in relief. He recorded five outs and handed the ball over to Cale Coshow for the four-out save. The righty retired the first three he faced in order and struck out John Mora to end the game, leaving the tying run at first and earning his second save in as many chances.
The first two frames went by in scoreless fashion before the two teams traded a run in the third. The RiverDogs (5-4) tallied their run on Fowler’s sacrifice fly to center, and the Sand Gnats (3-5) countered with a run on a sacrifice fly of their own in the bottom half.
Montgomery earned his second win in as many starts, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on five hits, while striking out eight and walking two. He outdueled Wieck, who pitched to one batter in the fifth before being lifted.
Charleston and Savannah square off in the third game of the four-game series at 6:05 p.m. Saturday.