ROME, Ga. -- Arodys Vizcaino pitched a career-high eight scoreless innings, allowing only three base hits, and Rome scored early and often in a 9-2 dismantling of the Charleston RiverDogs at State Mutual Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Rome has taken the first three games of the series to improve to 15-23, while Charleston has lost its fifth straight game for the second time this season, dropping to 17-22.
Vizcaino, who was rated as the Yankees' No. 3 prospect according to Baseball America before he was acquired by the Braves in the Javier Vazquez trade, did not walk a batter, struck out five, and permitted only two runners into scoring position. The Dominican native retired 11 straight between the fourth and eighth innings in defeating Jose Ramirez (2-2).
Rome struck for a 1-0 lead in the first against Ramirez on Jordan Kreke's two-out bloop RBI single to centerfield.
The Braves tacked on four unearned runs in the second, courtesy of two Charleston errors, to increase the lead to 5-0. Chris Curley and Kyle Rose hit consecutive RBI singles, while Robert Hefflinger connected on a two-run double to left centerfield.
Ramirez retired the first two batters in the third inning, but gave up a double to Jake Hanson and a bloop RBI double to Jace Whitmer, upping the margin to 6-0. The Dominican native surrendered a season-high six runs on nine hits in absorbing his second loss.
Charleston broke through in the ninth against reliever Andrew Wilson via back-to-back RBIs from Kyle Higashioka and J.R. Murphy for a 9-2 score, but the game ended with two men left on base.
Higashioka and DeAngelo Mack each had a pair of hits for the RiverDogs.
The final game of the four-game set will begin today at 1 p.m. Right-hander Kelvin Perez (2-1, 2.32 ERA) will start for Charleston, facing lefty Brett DeVall (0-2, 6.30 ERA).
E--Castro, Lyerly, Jones, Vizcaino. LOB-- Charleston 7, Rome 9. 2B--Higashioka, Murton, Hefflinger 2, Hanson, Whitmer. 3B--Castro. SF--Jones. SB--Bethancourt, Rose.
WP--Ramirez. Time--2:32. Att: 4,110.