Alexandria pitcher Art Ray won his sixth consecutive game last night as the Dukes beat the Kinston Eagles, 5-2, at Four Mile Run Park before 662 fans.

The victory gives the Dukes a one-game lead over the Lynchburg Mets in the Northern Division of the Carolina League. Lynchburg's home game with Hagerstown was rained out last night.

"Artie is having a heck of a year" said Manager Mike Toomey of Ray (7-1). "He was struggling in the fourth inning because he was throwing mostly fast balls -- he gave up on his curve. But once we told him, he started using it again."

It didn't take long for the Dukes, who had won 12 straight before Friday's loss to Kinston, to regain their winning form. With two out in the first inning, right fielder Jim Felt hit a two-run homer over the left-center field fence, his eighth of the season.

The Eagles tied the game on three hits and a walk in the fourth. The Dukes regained the lead for good in the fifth inning, when first baseman John Schaive doubled to center, went to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch by Dennis Howard.

Alexandria third baseman Bob Miscik had three singles in four at bats.