Augusta comes through in clutch

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For the third consecutive day, the Augusta GreenJackets and Rome Braves went into the late innings with an outcome yet to be determined.

GreenJackets base runner Tyler Graham is safe at first base as Braves first baseman Tyler Flowers can't field the throw in Augusta's win.  Andrew Davis Tucker/Staff
Andrew Davis Tucker/Staff
GreenJackets base runner Tyler Graham is safe at first base as Braves first baseman Tyler Flowers can't field the throw in Augusta's win.

On Monday, the GreenJackets - not the Braves - finished with a flurry.

After dropping consecutive close games on Saturday and Sunday, Augusta came through with five consecutive RBI hits in the eighth inning, breaking a tie en route to an 11-6 victory at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The GreenJackets led 6-1 after a five-run second, but Rome's Jon Mark Owings capped the Braves' five-run fifth with a grand slam, tying the game.

After Rome reliever James Curtis issued a walk and committed a throwing error to start the eighth, GreenJackets Henry Gutierrez, Tyler Graham, Marcus Sanders, Emmanuel Burriss and Ryan Rohlinger drove in five on three singles and two triples.

Augusta (69-33, 19-13 second half) snapped Rome's six-game winning streak and will try to salvage a split of the four-game series tonight against the Braves (44-57, 15-16).

Burriss finished 3-for-5, Rohlinger had two hits and four RBI, and Graham and Sanders each had two hits and drove in runs.

The GreenJackets looked sloppy early, committing an infield error that led to a 1-0 first-inning deficit. But Bobby Felmy walked and scored in the bottom half on Brett Pill's RBI double to tie it.

In Augusta's five-run second, Graham had a RBI single, Rohlinger had a bases-clearing three-RBI double and Felmy hit a RBI double.

In Rome's five-run fifth, Augusta starter Adam Cowart had already loaded the bases and allowed Larry Williams' RBI single before recording an out. Owings stepped in and crushed a breaking ball over the left field wall for the grand slam that tied it.

Cowart tied season highs for walks (three) and runs allowed (six) in five innings.

Augusta reliever Ryan Shaver worked the last 1Q innings for the win.

Saturday night, Rome broke a 2-2 tie with six unanswered runs and Sunday, the Braves scored three ninth-inning runs for a come-from-behind 6-5 win.

Reach Steve Sanders at (706) 823-3216 or steven.l.sanders@augustachronicle.com.


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