LAKEWOOD, NJ - Charleston scored three times with two outs in the ninth to come back and top the BlueClaws 5-4 on Saturday night. Hoy Jun Park doubled in a run to make it a 4-3 game, before Diego Castillo's two-run double on an 0-2 pitch to give the RiverDogs a 5-4 lead, their first lead of the night.
It was the second loss all year by the BlueClaws in which they took a lead into the ninth inning.
Lakewood (10-12/50-42) dropped their first game of their current homestand and Charleston (16-6/50-42) has now won seven of their last eight games.
Jonathan Hennigan (0-3) gave up the go-ahead run and took the loss while Charleston's Phillip Diehl (9-2) earned the win by throwing the last 3.2 innings of scoreless relief.
Darick Hall, the league's home run leader, flew out to the warning track off Diehl to end the game.
The BlueClaws opened the scoring in the fourth inning on a David Martinelli RBI double. Gregori Rivero, playing his first game as a BlueClaw, hit a two-run triple, and Raul Rivas added a SAC fly for a 4-0 lead.
Felix Paulino came out of the game after five innings allowing two hits, a walk, and striking out six.
Charleston got a run in the seventh on Brandon Wagner's sixth home run off the season as the Jersey-native took Casey Brown deep. In the eighth, Blake Rutherford singled home Eduardo Navas off Tyler Hallead, but the Lakewood reliever got out of the jam.
Rivero went 3-4 in his BlueClaws debut while Raul Rivas, Jesus Alastre, and Hall had two hits for the BlueClaws. Diego Castillo went 3-4 with two RBIs for the RiverDogs.
The series with Charleston continues on Sunday at 1:05 pm. RHP Adonis Medina (3-6) starts for Lakewood opposite RHP Rony Garcia (0-0).
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