The RiverDogs got started early and never looked back as they won 7-1 and took the series from the Rome Braves in dynamic fashion Tuesday at Riley Park in South Atlantic League play.

Rob Lyerly went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs, and Kelvin Castro homered for the RiverDogs (27-32), who won three of four in the series.

Mike Solbach (1-1) picked up the win for Charleston, allowing the lone run on four hits with five strikeouts in five innings. Ronny Marte and Ryan Flannery combined for four scoreless innings of relief.

Charleston got on the board in the first. Jimmy Paredes scored from second on a Lyerly line drive to right field, making the score 1-0.

In the top of the fifth, the Braves (25-34) tied it at 1, when Braeden Schlehuber launched the first pitch of the inning over the left-field fence --his first homer of the season.

Charleston retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases loaded, Rome starter Brett DeVall walked Lyerly, and Kyle Higashioka crossed the plate, making it 2-1. The rally was then cut short with runners on the corners.

In the bottom of the sixth, Castro hit a blast over the left field wall, making it 3-1.

The RiverDogs increased their lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the seventh. Lyerly knocked in another run, scoring Paredes from second. Lyerly later scored on a Francisco Arcia single.

Charleston tacked on two more in the eighth for good measure, making it 7-1. Luke Murton hit a double, plating Higashioka from second and Paredes from first.

Brett DeVall (2-4) went five innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and five strikeouts to take the loss.

A combined 18 players were left stranded on base.

Coming up

Charleston is off today before traveling to Hagerstown, Md., to take on the Suns in a weekend series.

E--Harrichalk, Weaver. DP--Rome 1; Charleston 1. LOB--Rome 8, Charleston 10. 2B--Paredes, Lyerly, Murton. HR--Schlehuber, Castro. SB--Harrichak, Paredes, Kruml, Almonte, Arcia.

HBP--by DeVall (Murton); by Solbach (Weaver).

Time--2:20. Att: 2,396.

Reach Lake Morris at 937-5676 or lmorris@postandcourier.com. Also check out the RiverDogs blog for up to the minute updates.