Augusta's Elton Pollock, who struck out to end a GreenJackets threat in the first inning, tripled to left in the 10th and scored the game-winning run on a ground-out Wednesday night against the Capital City Bombers.
Pollock played at Irmo High School just down the road from Columbia five years ago.
The nearly 1,800 fans who waited out an hour's rain delay before the game started were treated to an old-fashioned pitchers' duel. Bombers starter Andy Trumpour worked eight innings, striking out five, walking one and yielding six hits.
Augusta's Derek Bullock pitched seven innings, scattered four hits, struck out five and walked two.
After leadoff singles by Stan Schreiber and Chris Miyake, Trumpour got Boomer Whipple to ground into one of four Bomber double plays. Schreiber scored to put Augusta up 1-0.
The Bombers pushed across their only run in the fifth. Tracy Edmondson reached on a fielder's choice, took second on Enohel Polanco's single and scored on Carlos Mendoza's single.
In the third inning, Bullock issued two walks and Thomas Arvelo attempted a sacrifice bunt. But the ball sailed right to Bullock, who threw to Ovidio Frias at third in time to nail the runner.
Bullock pitched his way out of the inning and didn't allow a hit until the fourth.
Capital City returns to Lake Olmstead Stadium tonight for the final game of their back-and-forth series. Gametime is 7:05 p.m. Then Macon's Braves come to Augusta for a pair before the GreenJackets play the RedStixx in a crucial four-game series at Columbus.
Columbus has a 4 1/2-game lead over Augusta in the second-half Southern Division race in the South Atlantic League.