Connor McGehee's double drove in the first two runs in a six-run fifth inning and pitcher Bob Adkins gave up only seven hits as the Alexandria Dukes defeated the Kinston Eagles, 7-3, yesterday before a season-high crowd of 1,150 at Four Mile Run Park.
The Dukes, winners of 14 of their last 15 games, improved their Carolina League record to 29-25.
Eagle starter Junior Phillips held Alexandria hitless through 4 1/3 innings. John Schaive got the Duke rally going with a one-out walk. Andy Snaith followed with a single and, when Kinston first baseman Tim Thompson misplayed Rafael Belliard's grounder, the bases were loaded.
McGehee doubled to score two runs and Mike Quade's hit to first became Thompson's second error, allowing two more runs in and putting Quade at second. Bob Miscik then tripled home Quade and scored on Jim Felt's single for a 6-1 Alexandria lead.
The Dukes' final run was produced when Miscik singled, moved to second on Felt's grounder back to the box and scored on Scott Kuvinka's single.
Adkins, who has completed his last two starts, has allowed only one earned run in each game. When he ran into trouble in the first two innings, his infield bailed him out with double plays. The only way the Eagles could score through the first eight frames were with a passed ball in the fifth and Julio Paula's seventh-inning sacrifice fly.
Kinston scored its final run in the ninth. Rico Sutton walked and scored when Tony Fernandez, who had three hits and reached on a error in four official at bats, tripled.