David Starn allowed just one run on one hit in five innings of work to get the win for the Rome Braves as they capped a four-game sweep of the Charleston RiverDogs.
The RiverDogs lost their fourth straight, falling 7-4 in South Atlantic League baseball Thursday night at Riley Park in front of 4,263.
Charleston (56-45, 17-17 second half) fell down 4-0 in the first inning as the Braves (38-66, 20-14) got to starter Bryan Mitchell (6-8).
The RiverDogs scored a run in the fourth when Cito Culver walked, later stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly, but that was all they would get off Starn (1-1).
Charleston benefited from an error to get an unearned run in the sixth when Ben Gamel singled and scored from first on a throwing error by shortstop Elmer Reyes.
Rome matched that run in the seventh, then Ryan Query extended the lead to 7-2 in the eighth with a two-run double.
An RBI single by Robert Refsnyder and Francisco Arcia’s sacrifice fly brought the RiverDogs to within three, but they got no closer.
The crowd at Riley Park spent the night deciding who the real batman was on Who’s the (bat)Man Night. The crowd tweeted their votes as the choices moved through a bracket before the No. 1 seed Adam West edged No. 2 seed Christian Bale.
The Asheville Tourists will visit Riley Park starting today at 7 p.m. Left-hander Matt Bashore (1-2, 4.80 ERA) will start for Charleston against right-hander Vianney Mayo (3-4, 4.42 ERA). During the game, the RiverDogs will hold Ballpark Olympics. Fireworks will follow the game.