Kinston scored five runs in the ninth inning to beat the Alexandria Dukes, 9-4, yesterday in a rain-delayed game before 662 at Four Mile Run Park.
The Blue Jays scored the go-ahead run on a balk, then, before the inning was over, got a three-run homer from Jim Bishop.
Jose Escobar led off the ninth with a bunt single, then started for second on a hit-and-run. The batter, Alex Marte, singled through the hole vacated by Dukes shortstop Tomas Martinez, and Escobar stopped at third. Loser Steve Susce (1-2) then balked Escobar home for the go-ahead run.
Jay Schroeder followed with a single, and Ken Kinnard's single scored Marte. A sacrifice put runners on second and third, but Schroeder was thrown out at the plate by Alexandria third baseman Jim Opie for the second out. Bishop then homered.
Kinston had tied the game in the eighth. Bernie Tatis led off with a double and went to third on a passed ball. With one out, Bishop hit a sharp grounder to Dukes reliever Jim Buckmeir, whose hurried throw to the plate bounded away from catcher Ruben Rodriguez and allowed Tatis to score.
The Dukes took a 4-3 lead following a 90-minute rain delay. Martinez singled with two outs and Marvin Clack walked. Then Nelson De la Rosa homered to right center, his fourth of the year.