ROME, Ga. -- Rome jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and held off multiple Charleston rallies in a 6-5 triumph in a South Atlantic League game in front of a sellout crowd at State Mutual Stadium on Saturday night.
With the win, Rome (2-8, 27-53) snapped a seven-game losing streak, while the RiverDogs (4-6, 30-50) lost their eighth straight one-run game.
In his return from the DL, RiverDogs starter Jose Ramirez was rocked in the first inning, as the first five Rome batters registered hits en route to a 4-0 lead. Edward Salcedo laced a two-run triple, Chris Garcia tattooed an RBI double, while Robby Hefflinger contributed a two-out RBI single.
Charleston scratched out a run in the second against Rome starter Gary Moran, cutting the deficit to 4-1 on Kelvin De Leon's RBI fielder's choice.
In the fourth, Anderson Feliz blistered a two-out RBI single to centerfield to further trim the Rome lead to 4-2.
Ramirez (3-3) worked just 4 innings in his first start since June 12, allowing four runs on eight hits with four punchouts.
Kelvin De Leon and Feliz hit one-out singles in the sixth, and Eduardo Sosa chipped a sacrifice fly to left field inching Charleston to 6-3.
The comeback continued in the seventh for the RiverDogs against reliever Tom Berryhill. Gary Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka singled, and Ramon Flores knocked an RBI double making the score 6-4. Garrison Lassiter entered with two outs and legged out an infield RBI single bringing the RiverDogs within a run at 6-5, but Charleston stranded two runners to end the inning.
Charleston outhit Rome 13-10 with five different players registering two hits.
Game three of the series, and the finale of the seven-game road trip, is set for today at 2 p.m. Charleston plans to pitch right-hander Nathan Forer (1-4, 4.06 ERA) in his first start of the season against Rome right-hander Willie Kempf (0-1, 4.76 ERA).