Scott Hood lined a two-out single in the ninth inning to drive in the winning run as Durham scored two runs in the inning to defeat the Alexandria Dukes, 6-5, last night at Four Mile Run Park.
Keith Hagman led off the inning with his third hit, a single off third baseman Mike Quade's glove. Next, Bob Tumpane hit what could have been a double play ball to second baseman Rick Renteria. Renteria threw to shortstop Marvin Clack for the force at second, but Clack's throw to first was low and skipped into the Bulls' dugout, allowing Tumpane to go to second.
Jeff Zaske relieved Dan Warthen to pitch to Miguel Sosa. Zaske's first delivery was a wild pitch, allowing pinch runner Joe Lorenz to move to third. Sosa tied the game at 5-5 with a sacrifice fly to center.
Tommy Thompson reached on first baseman Brad Garnett's error, and moved to second when Bruce Heiser walked. Hood followed with a line drive to left, scoring pinch runner Steve Chmil with the winning run.
Trailing, 2-1, Alexandria got two runs in the fourth on a run-scoring double by Jim Felt and an RBI single by Clack. The Dukes made their advantage in the fifth. Burk Goldthorn sent a two-out single to left to score Joe Orsulak, who had singled and stolen second.
Tumpane's homer in the seventh made it 4-3. Quade doubled to open the Dukes' seventh, moved to third on a fly out, and scored on a wild pitch by Mike Payne, making the score 5-3.
Payne (7-3) got the victory, his sixth in his last seven decisions, by pitching eight innings, yielding eight hits and striking out nine. Zaske took the loss, his third straight, dropping his record to 3-4.