Casey Stevenson had two hits, including a long three-run homer, to lead the Charleston RiverDogs to a 9-3 victory over the Asheville Tourists in South Atlantic League action on Wednesday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park with 2,330 in attendance.
The RiverDogs now have a record of 51-36 (12-8 in the second half) through 87 games and Asheville drops to 58-32 (11-9 in the second half).
Asheville got the first run of the night in the second when Tyler Massey walked and eventually scored on a groundout, but their slim lead didn't hold up for long.
After a pair of singles put two men on to start the bottom of the third for the RiverDogs, Robert Refsnyder lined a base hit through the middle to score the tying run to collect his first RBI as a professional. A double by Ben Gamel off starter Chris Jensen (9-3) brought in two more runs and, after a walk, Stevenson (2-4, HR, 3 RBI, run scored) drilled a three-run homer over the right field wall, his fourth of the year, to cap a six run inning. In the fourth, Eduardo Sosa added to Charleston's lead when he started the inning with a triple and scored on a balk.
Harold Riggins (1-5, HR 2 RBI, run scored) cut into the lead for the Tourists in the fifth with a two-run homer to right, number 13 on the year, to cut the deficit to 7-3, only to see the RiverDogs respond again. Ali Castillo got one run back with an RBI single in the sixth and Kelvin De Leon brought in Cito Culver with a single in the eighth.
Charleston's bullpen did a good job shutting down the Asheville lineup following Riggins' homer. Philip Wetherell (3-2) pitched a scoreless sixth and was credited with the victory. Pedro Guerra finished off the night and picked up his fourth save by pitching the last three innings and not allowing a run.