Jose Flores had two hits and drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for the Augusta GreenJackets as they edged the Charleston RiverDogs 7-6 in South Atlantic League action at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park with 5,073 in attendance on Saturday night.
The RiverDogs second straight loss puts them at 62-59 (23-31 in the second half) so far this season. Augusta can take the series with a win tomorrow and they are now 60-63 (28-26 in the second half).
Charleston immediately grabbed the early lead with two first inning runs. Ben Gamel reached on an error and Cito Culver (2-5, RBI, run) singled and stole second to put men on second and third. A groundout by Dante Bichette, Jr. brought in one run and a sacrifice fly by Saxon Butler then scored Culver.
In the third, Augusta came back to tie the game against starter Brett Gerritse. With two on and one out, a wild pitch by Gerritse brought in one run. Later in the frame with the bases loaded, Joe Staley worked a walk to force in the tying run.
Francisco Arcia (2-4, 2 RBI) reclaimed the lead for the RiverDogs in the fourth with an RBI single to right that scored Butler. Ali Castillo made the score 4-2 the next inning when he doubled and scored on an error.
After five innings from Gerritse, reliever Melvin Mercedes was entrusted with holding the lead and threw scoreless ball in the sixth and seventh. Culver then added to Charleston's lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.
With Mercedes (0-1) still on the mound in the eighth, the GreenJackets again staged a rally. After a pair of hits to start the inning, Carlos Willoughby lined an RBI single to right. Jesus Galindo followed by roping a game-tying, two-run double into right field. Flores (2-4, RBI, 2 runs) then put Augusta ahead with an RBI double and Brett Krill (3-3, RBI) finished the five run inning with a run scoring single for a 7-5 lead.
Arcia brought the RiverDogs to within 7-6 with another RBI single off DeMondre Arnold (5-2) in the eighth, but they couldn't come up with the tying run. Chris Marlowe got the final five outs for his second save.