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COLUMBIA, SC (Fireflies) — Kevin Canelon had just finished his eighth inning of work against Charleston when Dash Winningham stepped to the plate in the home half of the frame. Winningham’s run-scoring single snapped a 3-3 tie and gave Columbia the lead for good. The Fireflies downed the Charleston RiverDogs, 4-3, at Spirit Communications Park.
Canelon (W, 5-6) secured his first win since May 31, surrendering just two earned runs in the start. Canelon’s remarkable 2016 season in Columbia (4-9, 40-43) continues – the lefty has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his 15 starts. Tuesday was his 10th quality start of the season and the eight innings he logged tied his career high.
The game remained tied from the third inning until the eighth. Luis Ortega bested RiverDogs reliever Hobie Harris (L, 1-1) to lead off the frame; the designated hitter drew a walk. Ortega moved to second base on a wild pitch and whizzed around third to score when Winningham bounced a pitch through the gap on the left side of the infield.
Tyler Bashlor (S, 3) retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. The right-hander has now tossed nine consecutive scoreless innings.
Jeff Diehl got the scoring started in the second frame. The Fireflies took a 1-0 lead after his laser-beam home run cleared the left-field wall. The Rhode Island product leads the team with nine long balls.
Charleston (5-7, 47-34) responded with three scores in the third inning, although only two of the runs were earned against Canelon. Cesar Diaz singled home a run and Gosuke Katoh tripled in two more.
Columbia wasted little time tying the score in the home half of the third. Milton Ramos and J.C. Rodriguez led off with back-to-back singles against starter Daris Vargis. Ortega’s base hit plated one and Kevin Kaczmarski knocked in the other.
The rubber game of the three-game series between Columbia and Charleston is Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Righty Bryce Beeler (1-0, 0.00) squares off against left-hander Nestor Cortes (5-1, 0.72).
You can watch the action on MiLB.TV or listen in on WGCV 620 AM, 105.1 and 96.3 FM, ColumbiaFireflies.com and the TuneIn Radio app starting at 7:00 p.m.