Starting pitchers Christian Jones and Jamie Callahan raced to record the most strikeouts through four innings, but a big fifth inning made the difference for Greenville.
A six-run fifth gave the Drive a comfortable lead, and they piled on late to beat the Augusta GreenJackets 12-2 on Sunday at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Jones struck out seven while not issuing a walk over 41/3 innings. He started the game with five strikeouts among the first seven batters faced.
After allowing two runs in the third, Jones gave up two baserunners in the fifth that eventually scored after he was pulled. He was charged with four earned runs on six hits.
Callahan allowed two runs on six hits in five innings, not walking any and striking out five. The right-hander kept the ball on the ground and missed bats with a sinking fastball and strong breaking ball.
Callahan, a second-round pick in 2012 from Dillon High School in Dillon, S.C., received applause from family and friends in attendance. He said his family surprised him by not telling him they were coming to watch him throw.
“It’s some family from Georgia that got to see me play for the first time,” he said. “It’s really nice being within driving distance so they can see me play.”
After struggling to start the season, Callahan settled in to record one of his best outings through six starts. He has 29 strikeouts through 27 innings.
“I was pounding the zone, so it was a pretty good day in general,” he said. “I commanded well one side of the plate, at least. I need to command a little more in.”
Greenville (15-12) scored two in the third on a two-run triple by Jantzen Witte. Witte followed with a two-run double in the fifth that sparked a six-run inning on five hits and two errors.
Augusta (15-15) scored two in the bottom of the fifth on a fielder’s choice by Jeremy Sy, and an RBI single by Christian Arroyo.
The Drive scored four in the ninth to produce a 10-run lead, two coming on a home run by Kendrick Perkins.