The Savannah Sand Gnats scored four runs in the tenth to take game one of their three-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs, 6-2, on Monday night with 2,011 in attendance at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. With the win, Savannah picked up a game on the RiverDogs in the South Atlantic League Southern Division and now trail by just 1.5 games.
Savannah's rally started with a lead-off single by Dustin Lawley (2-5, run, 2 RBI) against Charleston's Joel De La Cruz (2-1). Two more singles loaded the bases and an error then brought in the go-ahead run. Brandon Brown added some insurance with a two-run single and a Camden Maron(3-6, run, RBI) single then made the score 6-2. The win for the Sand Gnats went to Jeffrey Walters (3-0), who pitched a scoreless ninth and a scoreless tenth to close it out.
Charleston had trailed 2-1 for much of the evening until Mason Williams unloaded with his third home run of the season in the eighth to tie the game, but the team couldn't muster any more offense on the night.
The RiverDogs jumped out to 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Tyler Austin RBI double. That was the only run they would get against Savannah starter Rafael Montero. Montero threw 5.2 innings and allowed four hits and walked one with five strikeouts.
In the third, Savannah put together a 2-out rally to take the lead against Charleston's starter Will Oliver. Back-to-back singles by Maron and T.J. Rivera put two men on for Lawley, who knocked in both runners with a double to left-center.
Oliver shut down the Sand Gnats after the third and exited following five innings of work. He gave up five hits, two walks and struck out four in another good start for the righty. The RiverDogs bullpen then took over and shut down Savannah's offense. Dan Mahoney threw a scoreless sixth and seventh and Fred Lewis then threw two scoreless innings to push the game to extras.
The game's first pitch was pushed back to 7:32 due to rain, but went on from there without further delay.