LEXINGTON, Ky. — Mason Williams went 4 for 4 with a double and his first home run of the season as the torrid Charleston RiverDogs defeated the Lexington Legends, 9-4, on Wednesday afternoon.
The RiverDogs (15-3), who won in front of 6,776 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, are on their longest winning streak since they won 10 in a row in 2000.
The RiverDogs scored their first two runs in the second on back-to-back doubles by Angelo Gumbs and Kelvin De Leon and an RBI single by Francisco Arcia .
In the fourth, Charleston blew the game open with a four-run rally that was aided by two Lexington errors. After two singles and a fielders choice put runners on first and third with one out, Arcia’s second single of the game scored one run, and a second run scored on a throwing error.
Two singles then loaded the bases again, and a Lexington throwing error on a possible double-play ball allowed two more runs to score as the RiverDogs stretched their lead to 6-0.
The two early outbursts would prove to be more than enough for starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell (1-1). Mitchell fired five innings of shutout ball for Charleston, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out seven.
He also received help from his defense in the form of two diving catches on consecutive plays in the fourth inning, first by Williams in center, immediately followed by Tyler Austin in right.
The Legends managed to avoid the shutout by scoring four runs in the eighth, but Fred Lewis got the final four outs to seal the victory.
Charleston will start right-hander Scottie Allen (1-1, 6.00 ERA) at 7 p.m. today in Lexington against right-hander Michael Foltynewicz (3-1, 1.66 ERA).