Alexandria's 12-game winning streak ended last night as Jim Baker threw a six-hitter and Kinston beat the Dukes, 6-1, before 879, the largest crowd at Four Mile Run Park this season.
Despite the loss, Alexandria remained in first place in the Northern Division of the Carolina League as Lynchburg lost a doubleheader at Hagerstown, 8-7 and 5-3, to fall one-half game behind.
Alexandria won three games last week in Kinston, but last night the Eagles took their revenge early. Kinston scored four runs in the first two innings off loser Jeff Zaske (2-2) and left the game in Baker's hands.
Baker (7-1) kept the Dukes off-balance with an assortment of off-speed pitches and a good moving fast ball. Despite walking five, Baker struck out seven and stranded nine Alexandria base runners.
"That's one of the best pitched games I've seen all season," said Duke Manager Mike Toomey. "He changed speeds very well and his fast ball really moved in on the right-handed hitters."
Bob Silverman's single in the first inning gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Benji Perez drove in two runs with a single and Silverman drove in another to knock out Zaske in the second. Perez (three hits, three RBI) hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Alexandria scored in the eighth. Mike Quade walked and Bob Miscik singled. The runners advanced on a wild pitch and Scott Kuvinka's groundout scored Quade.