A four-run top of the eighth gave the Braves (38-25) the lead for good. Jean Carlos Encarnacionbelted a leadoff homer to left-center off Marcos Lantigua (0-6) to tie the game, and the inning also included RBI hits from Derian Cruz and Isranel Wilson, as well as a sacrifice fly by Drew Waters.
Huascar Ynoa (4-6) got the win for the Braves after allowing just two runs over seven innings while striking out five Drive (21-41) hitters. Kelvin Rodriguez worked a pair of scoreless frames to nail down the save.
Durin O’Linger worked five scoreless innings for the Drive in a no-decision. In his first start for Greenville, the right-hander scattered five hits and walked one while striking out three.
Rome got on the board against Lantigua in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Drew Lugbauer, but the Drive took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half.
Everlouis Lozada singled to begin the inning, and he came home on a double off the Green Monster by Lorenzo Cedrola. Two batters later, Michael Osinski singled through the right side to plate Cedrola for the lead.
The Braves tacked on three more runs in the ninth thanks to RBI hits from Lugbauer and Austin Bush, as well as a Drive error.
Cedrola extended his hitting streak to eight games in the loss.
Next: Rome at Greenville, 7:05 tonight; Wednesday, 5 p.m. (double header), 7:05 p.m. Thursday.
Race for first place: Through Monday night, the Rome Braves were in first place in the South Atlantic League’s southern division (2.5-game lead over Augusta). The top team as of this Sunday earns a spot in the SAL playoffs in September.
Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2018 season and before.
Rome Braves send six players to the South Atlantic League All-Star game June 19. The Rome All-Stars are: Pitchers – Bruce Zimmermann, Walter Borkovich, Kelvin Rodriguez and Freddy Tarnok. Position players include: Riley Delgado (infield) and Drew Waters (outfielder). All-Stars
Shorter Football: The Hawks open the season on Thursday, Aug. 30, at Samford in Birmingham. Schedule
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June 16: F&P is having its annual charity 5K on Saturday and this year, all of the proceeds this year will benefit Harbor House. “This is a great opportunity to support us and the community. You can use this link to register: https://bit.ly/2JFEdsu. Also, you can print the waiver form and take it to Garner and Glover Company, F&P Main Plant or Cycle Therapy. F&P Georgia Mfg
Aug. 18: 2018 Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5K & 2 mile Health Walk, 8 a.m., Heritage Park. For more