LAKEWOOD – DeAngelo Mack hit a solo shot in the tenth, and Charleston beat Lakewood 5-4 Wednesday night to extend the Claws season-long losing streak to four games.
Mack obliterated a pitch from reliever Justin Beal (2-1) past the lifeguard towers in right to break a 4-4 tie. It was Mack’s tenth home run of the season.
Francisco Gil pitched a scoreless bottom half for his fifth save.
Charleston’s (13-13) first four runs all came in the first and were all unearned against BlueClaws (15-10) starter Brody Colvin.
With one out Jimmy Paredes hit a double-play ball to second, but shortstop Jonathan Villar dropped a toss from Alan Schoenberger to keep the inning alive.
Neil Medchill and Rob Lyerly both singled in runs after the miscue, and Kyle Higashioka doubled in two to make it a 4-0 ballgame.
Despite letting up four hits and throwing 35 pitches in the first, Colvin scattered just four more hits and no runs over his next four innings of work to drop his ERA to 3.50.
The BlueClaws battled back in the third. Jeremy Barnes and Anthony Hewitt singled to start the inning, and then came home on a sacrifice fly by Schoenberger and a sacrifice ground out by Jiwan James to cut the deficit to 4-2.
Lakewood tied the game in the fifth. Stephen Batts doubled, Jeremy Barnes singled, and Schoenberger picked up an RBI single. James then hit a sac-fly to tie the score at four.
Charleston threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with one out, but Mike McGuire induced a pop out from Kelvin Castro and Slade Heathcott flew out to center against Kyle Carr.
The BlueClaws had a golden opportunity in the ninth, loading the bases with one out. However Barnes grounded into a 4-4-3 double play to force extras.
Thursday at 7:05 pm RHP Trevor May (1-1, 5.06) will look to end the Claws losing streak against LHP Josh Romanski (4-2, 3.28).
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