Greenville, SC - The Greenville Drive returned home on Thursday night looking for their third straight victory, but the Rome Braves prevented that, using good pitching and six unanswered runs to defeat the Drive 6-1 in front of 5,043 fans at Fluor Field.
Trailing 1-0 in the fifth inning, the Braves (10-5) struck for three runs to take the lead for good. A Drive (9-6) error brought home the tying run against Robby Sexton (0-1), and an RBI single by Cristian Pache put Rome ahead 2-1. Juan Yepez followed with a sacrifice fly to tack on the third run.
An RBI single in the sixth by Anfernee Seymour added another run and chased Sexton from the game. Sexton took a shutout into the fifth, and he finished the night allowing three earned runs over five and two-third innings with five strikeouts.
A two-run homer by Brett Cumberland in the seventh extended the Rome lead to 6-1.
Joey Wentz (1-1) took home the win for the Braves by holding the Drive to one run over five innings.
Roldani Baldwin delivered the only run for the Drive, as he smacked an RBI double off the Green Monster in the bottom of the fourth to give the Drive a short-lived 1-0 lead.
Pache and Marcus Mooney delivered three hits apiece for Rome, while Seymour added two hits of his own.
The second game of the four-game set begins at 7:05 PM on Friday at Fluor Field. Right-hander Shaun Anderson (2-0, 1.15) takes the mound for the Drive, and the Braves will counter with left-hander Ryan Lawlor (1-0, 0.00).
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