Rome knocks off R’Dogs in slugfest

ROME, GA. — The Rome Braves batted around in a big fourth inning and held on to beat the Charleston RiverDogs, 9-8, on Tuesday night in South Atlantic League baseball.

Rome (26-23) rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 6-3, scoring all nine runs between the third through fifth innings to defeat Charleston (30-19).

The RiverDogs struck for three runs in the first inning, highlighted by Peter O’Brien’s sixth homer of the season.

The RiverDogs scored three more runs in the fourth thanks to an error and a wild pitch. Charleston’s final two runs came in the sixth where they recorded two hits and capitalized on two more Rome errors.

Taylor Dugas went 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored for the RiverDogs, while Claudio Custodio was 2 for 4 with a pair of bunt singles, a walk and two runs scored. He also recorded two RBIs and stole two bases to extend his team lead to 16.

Brett Gerritse (4-3), took the loss in relief of Vicente Campos, allowing a season-high five runs in 11/3 innings.

Joey Menses had the go-ahead solo home run for Rome in the fifth inning. He finished 2 for 4 as every Braves position player reached base at least once.

The finale of the three-game series is at 1 p.m. today. Charleston sends right-hander Luis Niebla (2-0, 7.11 ERA) to the mound as Rome counters with Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy, who is making his first rehab start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last season.

Earlier in the day, RiverDogs reliever Dietrich Enns received the SAL pitcher of the week after going 2-0 without allowing a run in six innings. He allowed just three hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.