Scottie Allen allowed only one run in five innings to earn his fourth win for the Charleston RiverDogs as they dispatched the August GreenJackets 3-1 in South Atlantic League action in front of a crowd of 3,888 at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park on Thursday night.
The win snaps the RiverDogs losing streak at four and puts their record at 62-57 (23-29 in the second half). The GreenJackets' three-game winning streak comes to an end as they fall to 58-63 (26-26 in the second half).
Augusta didn't waste any time grabbing the lead, as Shawn Payne banged a double off the left field wall to lead things off and later scored on a groundout by Devin Harris.
That run would be the only one that Allen (4-7) would allow over five innings. The right-hander allowed just one hit over the next four frames and retired the last 11 men he faced. He also didn't issue a walk and struck out four.
Ali Castillo evened the score at 1-1 in the third when he scorched a double into right-center and took third on a groundout. Ben Gamel drove Castillo (1-3, RBI, run) in with a sacrifice fly for the RiverDogs first run. The next inning, Castillo brought in the run that broke the tie by lifting a sacrifice fly to left against starter Paul Davis (5-7). Saxon Butler later added a third run when he roped a solo homer down the right field line for his first home run as a RiverDog.
Charleston's bullpen took over in the sixth and they did their job holding the slim lead. Augusta immediately had a chance to tie the game in the sixth against Ben Paullus, but Gamel threw out Elliot Blair at the plate to end the inning and hold on to the lead. Dan Mahoney threw up a zero in the seventh and Nick Goody took over from there. The former LSU closer fired shutout ball in the eighth and ninth to finish off the night for his fifth save.