David Starn allowed just one run on one hit in five innings of work to get the win for the Rome Braves as they topped the Charleston RiverDogs 7-4 in South Atlantic League action on Thursday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in front of 4,263.
The RiverDogs fourth straight loss drops their record to 56-45 (17-17 in the second half). With the win, Rome earned a sweep of the four game series and improved to 38-66 (20-14 in the second half).
Rome wasted no time jumping on starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell (6-8). A first inning rally started with an RBI double by William Beckwith. After a hit batter put another man on, Chase Anselment (2-4, 2 RBI, run) drilled a double into right-center to score two more. An RBI single by Will Skinner drove in the inning's final run with an RBI single and the Braves had a quick 4-0 lead.
The RiverDogs scored a run without the benefit of a hit in the fourth when Cito Culver walked, later stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly, but that was all they would get off Rome's David Starn (1-1). In five innings, he allowed only that one run on one hit, while walking three and striking out four.
Charleston benefited from an error to get an unearned run in the sixth when Ben Gamel (2-5, 2 runs) singled and scored all the way from first on a throwing error by shortstop Elmer Reyes. Rome matched that run in the seventh on a Ross Heffley RBI single.
Ryan Query (2-4, 2 RBI, run) extended the Braves lead to 7-2 in the eighth with a two-run double into the left field corner. An RBI single by Robert Refsnyder and Francisco Arcia's sacrifice fly brought the RiverDogs to within 7-4, but they couldn't get closer. David Peterson ended the night by getting the last two outs to earn his fourth save.