Chris Green allowed no hits for six innings and Rick Renteria hit a grand slam home run yesterday as the Alexandria Dukes defeated the Winston-Salem Red Sox, 8-0, before 1,437 at Four Mile Run Park.
Green (9-1), who has been promoted to the Pittsburgh Pirates AA team in Buffalo, gave up two hits in seven inning before leaving with tightness in his shoulder. The left-hander struck out 10 and walked two. Art Ray finished up, allowing one hit.
Green faced the minimum number of batters through the first five innings and entered the seventh with a no-hitter. But Todd Benzinger ended Green's bid with a bad-hop infield single off third baseman Andy Snaith's shoulder. After two were out, Charlie Fisher singled to left. But Green ended the lone threat by striking out Parker Wilson.
"When I get ahead of the hitters, that's all she wrote," said Green, who has struck out 84 batters in 86 1/3 innings. "I can throw whatever I want, wherever I want. Getting ahead of the hitters is the key for me."
The Dukes took a 1-0 lead in the fourth, after loading the bases with none out. Benny de laRosa bounced a single off pitcher Tom McCarthy's glove for the run. McCarthy escaped further damage by getting Jim Felt to ground into a double play and Burk Goldthorn to ground out.
After two outs in the sixth, Nick Castaneda singled, de laRosa doubled to score Castaneda and Felt hit his fourth home run, a line drive over the left field fence.
Renteria's slam, a 375-foot drive to left center, came in the seventh off reliever Steve Garrett. It was Renteria's eighth home run of the season and gave him a team leading 60 runs batted in. Renteria leads the Carolina League with a .381 average.