Right fielder Frank Klopp's two-run home run and strong pitching by right-hander Kevin Gordon led the Prince William Pirates to a 4-2 victory over the Winston-Salem Spirits yesterday before 1,026 at Davis Ford Park in Woodbridge.
Prince William (5-4) won its third straight game. Winston-Salem (4-5) lost its fifth in six games.
After Gordon allowed an unearned run in the first inning, the Pirates took the lead for good, 2-1, in the second on Klopp's homer down the left field line.
The Pirates made it 4-1 in the sixth. Brian Jones singled to center and Van Evans lifted a fly ball to right that bounced over Antonio Cordova for a triple. Evans scored on a sacrifice fly by Klopp, who had three RBI.
Starter and winner Gordon (2-0) left the game in the eighth inning with runners at first and third with two out. Steve Cordner then fouled out to first base against reliever Gary Grudzinski.
Chip Cunningham relieved Grudzinksi in the ninth after two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Winston-Salem with none out. Cunningham struck out Simon Mejia, got Dave Martinez on a run-producing infield out, then retired Luis Cruz on a ground ball to end the game and earn his first save.
The teams will meet again at 7:30 tonight.