Joe Lorenz had four hits and drove in six runs, including the game-winner in the first game, as the Durham Bulls defeated the Alexandria Dukes, 5-3 and 9-4, last night in a Carolina League doubleheader before 961 at Four Mile Run Park.
Lorenz hit a bases-loaded single in the ninth inning of the first game to break a 3-3 tie. Durham relif pitcher Tom Waddell (5-3) struck out seven of the nine batters he faced and struck out Ken Ford and Nick Castaneda with the winning run on second base in the seventh inning.
The Dukes tied the game at 3 with an unearned run earlier that inning. Marvin Clack led off with a walk and was bunted to second by Mike Quade. Gary Reiter relieved starter Andre Treadway and Pete Rowe pinch hit for Joe Orsulak.
Rowe hit a grounder to shortstop Miguel Sosa, who tried to get Clack going to third. But Sosa's throw hit Clack and bounced into the Dukes' dugout, enabling Clack to score and Rowe to move to second. Waddell relieved Reiter and intentionally walked Rick Renteria before retiring the side.
Earlier in the game Renteria hit a two-run triple, giving him a league-leading 100 runs batted in this year.
In the second game, the Bulls scored eight runs on 11 hits and sent 17 men to the plate in the fourth and fifth innings. Lorenz hit a two-run homer, his third of the season, in the five-run fourth and drove in two runs in the fifth with a triple.
The Dukes have lost four straight.