Fayetteville got solid starting pitching from Nivaldo Rodriguez, then relievers Austin Hansen and Joey Gonzalez finished the job in the Woodpeckers' 4-2 win over the Winston-Salem Dash on Thursday night at BB&T Ballpark.
Rodriguez, a right-hander, went five shutout innings. He allowed only two hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out two. He improved his record this season to 3-3 and lowered his ERA to 2.61.
Fayetteville broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third, scoring twice against Winston-Salem starter Jonathan Stiever. With Scott Schreiber aboard, Ruben Castro homered to left, his first of the season, to give the Woodpeckers a 2-0 lead. They increased the lead to 3-0 in the fourth on a Corey Julks solo homer, his second of the season.
Winston-Salem finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth. Mitch Roman slammed his seventh double of the season, a shot to right that sent Tate Blackman home. Roman then scored on a wild pitch by Hansen and Fayetteville's lead was cut to 3-2. But that would be all the offense the Dash would muster.
Fayetteville added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Julks reached on a throwing error by Blackman at second and Chandler Taylor scored to make the score 4-2.
Despite the loss, Winston-Salem is 6-2 against Fayetteville this season.
The teams are scheduled to play the second game of the three-game series tonight at 7.