Francisco Arcia hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning off the left field foul pole to give the Charleston RiverDogs the lead on their way to a 7-6 victory at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in South Atlantic League action with 5,253 fans in attendance.
The win clinched a series victory for the RiverDogs who are now 28-13, and Rome dropped to 9-32.
Arcia's (2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 runs) homer came with two outs in the eighth inning off reliever Ian Marshall (0-1) and restored Charleston to a one-run lead they had lost earlier. Mariel Checo (4-0) got the win and closed out the game with two scoreless innings.
Rome had taken the lead in the seventh on a two-run blast by William Beckwith against Dan Mahoney. The Braves entered the inning trailing 5-3, but scored one run on a single by Ryan Query (3-4, 2 RBI, run). Beckwith's homer then gave them a lead that stood up until Arcia's heroics.
The RiverDogs put together a five-run rally to take the lead in the fourth. Consecutive doubles by Dante Bichette, Jr. and Tyler Austin scored one run off starter Rafael Briceno, and RBI singles by Reymond Nunez and Arcia then tied the game at three. A fielders choice scored Nunez with the go-ahead run and Arcia came in on a throwing error for the inning's final run.
Rome scored first in the game, putting up three runs in the third inning off starting pitcher Will Oliver. With two on and one out, Sergio Miranda ripped a double to right-center to score both runners for a 2-0 lead. Query followed two batters later with an RBI single, but Oliver escaped further damage by getting the last out with the bases loaded. Oliver settled down after that, pitching five solid innings. He and the rest of the RiverDogs pitchers were aided by some spectacular defense at the hot corner by Bichette, Jr.