Brad Garnett lined a bases-loaded double on the first pitch from Kinston reliever Dave Shipanoff to key a four-run eighth inning as the Alexandria Dukes defeated the Blue Jays, 7-3, yesterday at Four Mile Run Park.
Garnett's hit broke a 3-3 tie and enabled Jeff Horne to get the victory in relief. Horne (6-10) pitched the final four innings, allowing just three singles and striking out three.
Rick Renteria led off the Dukes' eighth with a double to right that Jay Schroeder appeared to lose in the sun. Ken Ford received an intentional walk before Renteria was forced at third on Pete Rowe's sacrifice bunt attempt.
Burk Goldthorn was hit by a pitch from Blue Jays starter Chris Phillips (2-5) to load the bases. Shipanoff, the Carolina League leader in saves, relieved and Garnett hit a high fast ball on one hop to the right field wall for a 5-3 Dukes lead.
Mike Quade got an intentional walk and Andy Snaith walked in another run. After Marvin Clack struck out, Joe Orsulak received a base on balls to force in the final run.
Alexandria took a 2-0 lead in the second on a run-scoring single by Snaith and an RBI walk by Clack. Kinston tied it in the fourth when Bob McNair hit a long two-run homer to right center off Dukes starter Mike Zamba. Garnett singled and later scored on a passed ball to give the Dukes a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the inning.
The Blue Jays tied the game in the fifth on a double by Jim Wahlig, a single by Jose Escobar and a double play grounder.