Scott Kuvinka hit a grand slam last night as the Alexandria Dukes came from behind to defeat Kinston, 7-5, at Four Mile Run Park.

The victory was the Dukes' 15th in their last 16 games and knocked Kinston out of first place in the Southern Division of the Carolina League.

Kuvinka's home run highlighted a five-run sixth inning in which Alexandria, leader in the league's Northern Division, sent nine batters to the plate.

Until that time, it looked as if the Dukes were on their way to a rare loss. Kinston led, 3-0, with pitcher Randy Ford working on a one-hit shutout through the first five innings.

But Connor McGehee, leading off the sixth, scored on a triple and an error on the throw to third base. After a single, a walk and a sacrifice, Ford intentionally walked Jim Felt to load the bases. Kuvinka followed with a line drive over the left field fence.

Kinston tied the game in the eighth on Rico Sutton's two run homer.

At that point, Kinston replaced reliever Tom Lukish, who had struck out the side in the seventh, with Brian Stemberger, the loser (4-2).

Angel Rodriguez then gave Alexandria its winning run by beating out a potential double play with the bases loaded.