Larry Lamonde pitched a two-hitter in the first game and Chris Green and Jeff Zaske combined on a six-hitter in the second game as the Alexandria Dukes won a doubleheader from the Kinston Blue Jays, 8-2 and 4-1, last night at Four Mile Run Park.
The first-place Dukes have won 13 straight at home and lead second-place Hagerstown by 10 games in the Northern Division of the Carolina League.
Lamonde walked five and struck out four to earn his third victory in four decisions. His knuckle ball was particularly effective and had many batters overswinging: the Blue Jays were out on fly balls 11 times in the game.
Ken Ford provided the game-winning RBI with a long two-run homer over the center field wall to give the Dukes a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning.
Nick Castaneda and Pete Rowe each drove in two runs for the Dukes in the first game. Kinston's runs came in the second on a two-run double by Benji Perez.
Green pitched 6 2/3 innings in the second game, allowing all six Kinston hits before being replaced by Zaske, who earned his fifth save. The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the seventh when Jose Escobar doubled and Perez singled. Zaske then relieved and walked Herman Lewis but got Bill Pinkham on a fly to center to end the game.
Again Ford drove in the winning runs. His bases-loaded double off the left field wall in the fourth enabled the Dukes to take a 2-1 lead.