Zoilo Almonte and DeAngelo Mack each hit home runs as the Charleston RiverDogs defeated the Rome Braves, 5-0, in South Atlantic League action Monday night in front of a crowd of 4,649 at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park to win their fourth straight game.
Jose Ramirez, who earned his first win of the season, combined with relievers Mike Solbach and Ronny Marte on a five-hit shutout.
Ramirez worked six flawless innings of three-hit ball, while walking four and tied a career-high with nine strikeouts.
Charleston (9-10) wasted no time putting runs on the scoreboard, scoring twice in the first inning on Rob Lyerly's two-out RBI single to left against Rome (7-12) starter Arodys Vizcaino.
The lead grew to 3-0 in the third on Almonte's opposite-field home run. Vizcaino (2-2), a former Yankees prospect, who pitched with Staten Island in 2009, allowed three runs on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
Mack delivered his opposite-field two-run homer in the fifth against reliever Robinson Lopez to give the RiverDogs a 5-0 lead.
The four-game series concludes today, with a special 11:05 a.m. first pitch at Riley Park. Charleston sends right-hander Kelvin Perez (1-0, 1.37) to the mound to face Rome's right-hander David Hale (0-2, 10.03).
--The RiverDogs' Graham Stoneburner was named the South Atlantic League pitcher of the week. He threw 14 innings, allowed two runs on 11 hits, while walking three and striking out 16 during his two starts last week.