Nelson Liriano beat Reggie Barringer's relay throw on a potential double-play ball to score Webster Garrison with the game-winning run in the fifth, and Ken Whitfield drove in three runs with two homers, as the Kinston Blue Jays defeated the Prince William Pirates, 9-6, in a Carolina League game last night in Woodbridge.
Tony Castillo (6-4) pitched 4 2/3 innings and was the winner. Chip Cunningham (4-3) was the loser as the Pirates, who had 14 hits, had a four-game winning streak ended.
With the score tied, 4-4, the bases loaded and one out, Liriano hit what looked to be an inning-ending double play. After Garrison scored from third, Cunningham balked Glenallen Hill home and Liriano to second. Steve Johnson singled home Liriano, giving Kinston a 7-4 lead.
Kinston scored again in the seventh when Whitfield walked, moved to second on Gary Grudzinski's wild pitch and scored on Garrison's double to right. Whitfield hit his second homer of the game in the ninth.
The Pirates tied the score, 3-3, in the third when Lance Belen doubled home Burk Goldthorn, who had reached on a single to right. Scott Knox' sacrifice fly, his second of the game, in the fourth gave the Pirates their only lead, 4-3.
In the fifth, Johnson led off with a single, reached second on a wild pitch and came home on consecutive groundouts to the Pirates' second baseman, Jose Lind, to tie the score at 4.