Jackets' skid hits seven

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009.

After a scoreless three innings from both teams, the Charleston RiverDogs drove home five runs in the fourth inning and didn't look back, topping the Augusta GreenJackets by a score of 13-2 Wednesday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Singles by Abraham Almonte and Taylor Grote put the RiverDogs on the board but Melky Mesa provided the inning's big blow with his first of two home runs on the night, this one clearing the left centerfield fence to put Charleston up 5-0 off Jackets starter Kyle Nicholson.

Augusta got a run back in the bottom of the fourth, looking to come back from a multi-run deficit for the second night in a row. After CJ Ziegler's two-out double, Josh Mazzola's RBI single brought the GreenJackets back to 5-1, but they would get no closer. The only other Augusta run came in the sixth. Dom Duggan tripled to lead off the frame and scored on Ehire Adrianza's infield single.

The 'Dogs didn't quit barking. They scored another in the fifth on Brian Baisley's RBI double and added two more in the sixth on Carmen Angelini's single and a sacrifice fly from Ray Kruml. After Trey Webb struck out the side in the seventh for Augusta, new reliever Shane Kaufman was greeted by Mesa's second home run. Later, with two outs and the bases loaded, Baisley cleared the sacks with a three-run double in the left-field corner. Dan Brewer's single scored Baisley for the night's thirteenth run.

Nicholson (0-3) allowed just one hit through the first three innings before he was touched up in the fourth. He tossed 5.2 innings and allowed eight runs - all earned - on seven hits with three walks and a pair of strikeouts. Manny Banuelos (1-0) fired 5.2 innings to get the win for Charleston, yielding a pair of earned runs on four hits and two walks, fanning four hitters.

The loss is Augusta's seventh consecutive and it drops the GreenJackets to 2-11 on the season, still in search of their first home win of 2009.