RiverDogs 7, Drive 5
Greenville — The Charleston RiverDogs built an early 6-0 lead and held on for a 7-5 South Atlantic League victory over the Greenville Drive in the opener of a four-game South Atlantic League baseball series at West End Field on Wednesday.
With the win, Charleston (20-13 second half, 57-46 overall) moved into a tie with Asheville for first place in the Southern Division. The Tourists were rained out at home on Wednesday.
Charleston starter Michael Dunn (12-3) allowed four unearned runs in five innings for the win, tying him with three pitchers for the league lead in victories.
Daniel Bard (3-2) started for Greenville (15-19, 44-59) and struggled with his control, hitting three batters and throwing three wild pitches in three innings. Kyle Anson's RBI double and Josue Calzado's sacrifice fly keyed a three-run first inning for Charleston.
Anson, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games, drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning, and Kevin Smith made it 6-0 with a solo homer in the third.
Calzado's two-out error in the bottom of the fifth let in two runs, and Jonathan Still followed with a two-run homer as Greenville closed the gap to 6-4.
Josh Reddick's bid for a game-tying homer in the bottom of the seventh was kept in the park by a stiff breeze, resulting in a sacrifice fly.
Jonathan Hovis recorded his league-leading 23rd save, striking out three in two scorless innings.
The second game of the series is tonight at 7 p.m., with right-hander Eric Hacker (6-2, 3.09 ERA) scheduled to pitch for the RiverDogs against Greenville lefty Felix Doubront (3-6, 8.24). Hacker pitched six shutout innings against Greenville at Riley Park on April 6.
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