Charleston RiverDogs rally past Augusta GreenJackets in series opener

Charleston 4, Augusta 3

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A night after the Augusta GreenJackets manufactured the go-ahead run in a tight win, the Charleston RiverDogs turned the tables in the series opener Thursday night.

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Augusta shortstop Stephen Branca forces out Claudio Custodio as he turns a double play in the third inning.   JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Augusta shortstop Stephen Branca forces out Claudio Custodio as he turns a double play in the third inning.

Second baseman Claudio Custodio singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh as the RiverDogs beat the GreenJackets 4-3 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Charleston (31-20) scored the tying run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly RBI by Peter O’Brien. Custodio scored after reaching on a double and advancing to third on a groundout.

The eventual go-ahead run reached on a single in the seventh, advanced on a throw to third, and scored on a single up the middle by Custodio.

“When you get in ballgames like that, most of the time those ballgames are decided by little things like a bloop,” manager Mike Goff said. “They put it in play, made something happen and got the two-out hit.”

Augusta (29-24) was held to three hits, dropping to three games back of Charleston in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division. The GreenJackets had only two at-bats with runners in scoring position.

RiverDogs starter Cesar Vargas allowed three runs – one earned – on three hits in five innings, walking one and striking out three. Reliever Dietrich Enns worked in the mid-90s from the left side, throwing four perfect innings with six strikeouts.

“(Enns) worked his fastball very well, had a very good changeup,” Goff said. “I was impressed with him.”

GreenJackets designated hitter Shayne Houck homered, a solo shot that started the scoring in the second inning.

Joe Rapp had two RBI.

Down by one after two innings, Rapp doubled home two in the third to take a one-run lead. The GreenJackets held the lead until the sixth.

Augusta starter Matt Lujan recorded his best and longest outing in his third start of the season, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings, walking two and striking out four. Reliever Brandon Farley allowed one unearned run in three innings.

CHARLESTON 4, AUGUSTA 3

PLAY OF THE GAME: Charleston’s Claudio Custodio singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh.

STAR OF THE GAME: Charleston reliever Dietrich Enns pitched four perfect innings with six strikeouts.

NEXT: Charleston at Augusta, 7:05 p.m. today

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