Skole went 1 for 2 with two walks, including a home run and two RBIs to pace the Suns’ offense. The third baseman is 7-for-9, including three home runs, six walks and eight RBIs, in his last three games. He had reached base in 12 straight plate appearances until hitting a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
Skole put the Suns on top 1-0 in the third inning on a home run to center field off Rome starter A.J. Holland (1-3).
The Suns (9-8) extended their lead to 5-0, starting with Billy Burns’ fielder’s choice grounder with the bases loaded that scored Brett Newsome.
Jason Martinson followed with an RBI double before Skole’s sacrifice fly. Nieto added a run-scoring double to cap the rally.
The Braves (4-14) got two runs back in the bottom of the fourth against Hagerstown starter Alex Meyer.
Rome scored on a run-scoring double by Fernando De Los Santos and RBI single by Felix Marte, both with two outs.
Meyer, the Washington Nationals top pick in the 2011 draft, lasted four innings, allowing the two runs on two hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
The Suns capped the game with a four-run seventh inning on a two-run triple by Caleb Ramsey, between two RBI singles by J.P. Ramirez and Cutter Dykstra.
Brian Dupra (1-3), normally a starter, pitched three innings, allowing one hit with two strikeouts to earn the win.
New addition Ben Hawkins and Bobby Lucas each added scoreless innings.