ROME, Ga. -- Three Rome pitchers held the RiverDogs to three base hits in a quick 1-0 disposal of the RiverDogs in a South Atlantic League game on Sunday afternoon.
Rome swept the RiverDogs for the second time this season at State Mutual Stadium and has now won eight straight home games against Charleston by a combined score of 64-25 in improving to 30-39. Charleston ends the first half of the season on a four-game losing streak to sit at 31-38.
Kyle Rose led off the first inning for Rome with a single against Mike Solbach and advanced two extra bases on a Charleston error. He later scored on Jordan Kreke's RBI groundout for a 1-0 Braves lead.
Solbach and Rome's Caleb Brewer then locked horns in a memorable pitchers' duel. Brewer (2-0) ended up with the victory, working a season-high six innings for the Braves, surrendering just three base hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Solbach (1-2) absorbed a hard-luck loss, tying a season-best five innings pitched, while allowing just Rose's single and the game's only run with three walks and one strikeout.
Steven Kent worked 1 2/3 hitless innings for Rome, Tom Berryhill tossed 1/3 of an inning, and Jeff Lorick retired the side in order in the ninth for his second save of the year.
The RiverDogs left six men on base, including a pair in the eighth inning and stranded 21 runners over the final two games of the series.
All-Star reliever Ryan Flannery did pitch three flawless innings for Charleston in extending his scoreless streak to 21 innings.
E--Heathcott, Lyerly, Kent. LOB--Charleston 6; Rome 4. 3B--Mack. SB--Harrichalk. CS--Harrichalk.
Time--2:07. Att: 2,812.