A rain delay of 1 hour, 27 minutes in the bottom of the third forced the Charleston RiverDogs and the Savannah Sand Gnats to revise their pitching plans Sunday night.

Savannah's revisions worked better, and the Sand Gnats rolled to a 6-2 South Atlantic League victory in front of a Riley Park crowd of 2,981.

"We didn't swing the bats and they did a good job," said Charleston manager Greg Colbrunn. "We made some mistakes, and they capitalized. We've just got to do a better job of taking care of the baseball."

For Savannah, John Church came on in relief of starter Brandon Moore after the rain delay and pitched four shutout innings, allowing one hit with no walks and three strikeouts.

Sunday's victory gave the Sand Gnats (26-18) a split in the four-game series with the RiverDogs.

Charleston (19-25) trailed 2-1 when the rain delay occurred and turned to Ryan Acosta in relief of starter Jose Ramirez when play resumed.

Acosta got off to a good start with a three-up, three-down inning in the fourth, but ran into trouble in the fifth.

Savannah took command with four runs in the fifth to move ahead 6-1. Pedro Zapata supplied the big hit of the inning with a two-run triple to right.

Trailing 2-0, Charleston scored a run in the bottom of the second on Ray Kruml's two-out, RBI single to center.

Charleston scored a run in the eighth on Luke Murton's run-scoring groundout.

"We had one bad inning, but our other pitchers came in and threw the ball well and gave us a chance," Colbrunn said.

Up next

Charleston begins a four-game series at Greenville, with the opener set for 7:05 p.m. tonight. Drake Britton (0-1, 2.00 ERA) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Greenville, while Charleston is expected to start Kelvin Perez (2-2, 2.58 ERA). Charleston returns home June 1 for the first game of an eight-game home stand, with four games scheduled against Hickory and four against Rome.