The Alexandria Dukes scored six unearned runs with two out in the fifth inning and held on to defeat the Durham Bulls, 9-8, in a Carolina League game last night at Four Mile Run Park.

Trailing in the fifth, 6-3, the Dukes took advantage of three Durham errors in the inning to give Ravelo Manzanillo his seventh win against seven defeats.

With two out, Jim Opie reached when third baseman Pat Hodges' throw pulled Bob Tumpane off first base. Lorenzo Bundy singled and Nick Castaneda drove in both runners with a double to close the deficit to 6-5.

After Burk Goldthorn walked, Castaneda scored the tying run when Larry Johnson's line drive bounced off pitcher Todd Lamb's glove for an error. Tomas Martinez knocked in two runs with a double and scored the sixth run of the inning on relief pitcher Mark Lance's throwing error to give Alexandria a 9-6 lead.

The Bulls scored a run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and loaded the bases in the eighth with one out. Dorley Downs replaced reliever Johnny Taylor and, after walking in a run to cut the Dukes' lead to 9-8, Downs retired the next two batters.

The Bulls took a 3-0 lead in the first on Keith Hagman's double and Tumpane's two-run homer. Durham built the lead to 5-0 in the third on Bob Luzon's two-RBI triple, but the Dukes scored three runs in the bottom of the inning.