Mark Johnston lined an 0-2 pitch over the right field wall with a man on in the 10th inning to lift the resurgent Alexandria Dukes to a 7-5 Carolina League victory over the Rocky Mount Pines last night at Four Mile Run Park.
It was Johnston's fourth homer of the season. Alexandria has won eight of its last nine games.
With one out in the 10th, Victor Rodriguez grounded a single to right field before Johnston came to bat.
Rocky Mount wasted no time, reaching Duke starter Mark Smith for five runs and 11 hits in the first five innings. The Pines scored three first-inning runs, two on a double by Steve Swain and one on a single by Wesley Hair. Hair later hit a long home run to give the Pines a 5-3 lead.
Alexandria tied on a sacrifice fly by Luis Ortiz and a run-scoring single by Russ Brett, playing in his first game as a Duke.
Winning pitcher Pete Hamner (2-1) worked his way out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the 10th, inducing J. C. Daniels to ground into a force out at the plate, and retiring Swain on an easy fly to Johnston in center field.