Jim Bishop hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning last night as the Kinston Blue Jays broke a five-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Alexandria Dukes at Four Mile Run Park.
Bernie Tatis and Mike Sharperson opened the Blue Jays' ninth with singles off Dukes reliever Dorn Taylor (0-1). Bishop then homered over the 380-foot sign in left-center for his third home run of the season.
Bishop's homer spoiled an outstanding performance for Dukes starter Pete Rice. Rice (6.91 ERA going in) pitched seven innings and allowed one run on only two hits and struck out nine.
Jim Felt hit a two-run homer to right-center to give the Dukes a 3-1 lead in the seventh. Taylor relieved and pitched a perfect eighth inning before the decisive ninth.
Kinston's Mark Poole made it 1-0 in the second with his second home run in as many nights. Alexandria tied it in the third with an unearned run off Scott Elam (2-2).
Tomas Matinez reached on an error and scored on singles by Marvin Clack and Nelson De la Rosa. Clack went to third on De la Rosa's single and De la Rosa advanced when center fielder Ken Kinnard made a play on Clack. But Elam struck out Nick Castaneda and got Jim Opie to ground out.