Alexandria's Nelson de la Rosa hit Mike Bormann's first pitch over the right field wall with Tomas Martinez on base in the 10th inning to give the Dukes a 5-4 Carolina League victory over Durham last night at Four Mile Run Park.
Durham's Pat Hodge had driven Scott Bailes' first pitch of the inning over the right field wall for his second homer of the game and fifth of the year to give the Bulls a 4-3 lead. The Bulls' Duane Ward had pitched nine innings, giving up seven hits.
Chip Childress led off the Durham first with a single, stole second and scored on two wild pitches by Chris Lein. The Dukes tied in the second on Jim Opie's 12th homer.
Hodge put the Bulls back in front, 2-1, with a hit to deep center in the fourth, de la Rosa crashing into the wall, but unhurt. Alexandria threatened with two out in the fifth on consecutive singles by Martinez and Marvin Clack, but de la Rosa flied out.
Durham extended its lead to 3-1 in the seventh as Bob Luzon reached on an error, stole second and went to third when catcher Jim Aulenback's throw sailed into center. Childress singled Luzon home.
Aulenback hit his second homer of the year in the seventh, scoring Lorenzo Bundy ahead of him to tie the score.
Bailes (2-0) got the victory. Both teams threatened in the ninth, but shortstop Sam Khalifa made a good play to retire the Bulls, then hit into a double play in the Dukes' half of the inning to end a rally.