Barrett Kleinknecht hit a grand slam off the left-field foul pole in the third inning to lead Rome over Charleston, 6-1, in a South Atlantic League game Sunday at Riley Park.
The Braves (4-7) snapped a two-game skid while the RiverDogs (5-6), who host Rome today at 7 p.m., saw their two-game winning streak come to an end.
Rome southpaw starter Carlos Perez (1-1) had the RiverDogs tied in knots for most of the day. The No. 11 prospect in the Atlanta system worked quickly and utilized a sharp curveball to quiet the SAL's leading offense. Perez struck out the side twice en route to a career-high nine K's and allowed just three baserunners over his final five innings.
The 19-year old Dominican compiled a stellar final line in collecting his first SAL win, penning six scoreless innings while permitting four hits and a walk.
The Braves struck for a run in the top of the first for the second straight night, as RiverDogs starter Shane Greene (1-2) struggled to gain his command. Matt Lipka drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third base on a pair of wild pitches before coming home to score on a single to left by catcher Jace Whitmer.
Rome used a patient approach to forge a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Keenan Wiley walked and was sent home three batters later on a bases-loaded RBI groundout by Lipka.
Kleinknecht's grand slam broke the game open in the third, as the Braves took command with a 6-0 advantage.
Greene rediscovered his form after the grand slam to retire the final 10 hitters he faced, including three by strikeout. The ace right-hander also matched his season-long outing in lasting six innings while yielding six runs -- two earned -- on four hits and three walks.
Ramon Flores tagged an RBI single to right field off Braves reliever Chasen Shreve in the bottom of the eighth inning, driving in Slade Heatchott to cut the RiverDogs' deficit to 6-1. That was all Charleston could muster as Shreve recovered to lock up his first save of the year in three innings of relief.
--Charleston first baseman Kyle Roller has been placed on the seven-day DL, retroactive to April 16. Third baseman Garrison Lassiter replaces Roller on the roster, added from the Staten Island Yankees.
E--Segedin, Feliz. DP--Charleston 1. LOB--Rome 5, Charleston 7. 2B--Segedin 2. HR--Kleinknech. CS--Heathcott.
WP--Greene 2, Rodriguez. BK--Perez. HBP--by Greene (Flores).