The Alexandria Dukes scored six runs in the first inning on only four hits and coasted to an 8-5 victory over the Winston-Salem Red Sox yesterday at Four Mile Run Park.
Rich Leggatt (5-2) pitched the first 6 1/3 innings, yielding eight hits and four runs. Jeff Zaske pitched the final 2 2/3 innings and earned his 11th save. He allowed one run, a home run by Jeff Ledbetter, and five hits.
Mike Quade and Rick Renteria walked to open the first for the Dukes, and Quade scored when Joe Orsulak's grounder to second went between the legs of Gary Miller-Jones for an error. Renteria was out at the plate on Ken Ford's grounder.
Nick Castaneda walked to load the bases, and Burk Goldthorn drove in two runs with the first of two doubles. Jim Felt's sacrifice fly made it 4-0, and two more runs scored on Andy Snaith's double and Marvin Clack's single.
Winston-Salem closed to 6-2 on Dave Malpeso's 25th homer, in the second, and a run-scoring single in the third by Joe Arfstrom. Snaith hit his sixth homer, a two-run shot in the third, for an 8-2 lead.