Jim Neidlinger struck out a season-high 10 batters and allowed five hits as the Prince William Pirates defeated Kinston, 5-2, in a Carolina League game last night before 767 at Prince William County Stadium in Woodbridge.
First baseman Bobby Bonilla started both Prince William rallies when he led off the second and third innings with hard-hit singles.
Tim Rypien's two-run homer had put Kinston ahead, 2-0, in the second.
After Bonilla singled in the bottom of the inning, Kinston starter Enrique Burgos (0-2) walked two batters and gave up a single to Steve Barnard to allow the first run. Don Carter's sacrifice fly tied the score. Jose Lind's single to center knocked in the go-ahead run.
After Bonilla singled in the third, Dimas Gutierrez, Barnard and Reggie Barringer all singled to center to put the Pirates ahead, 5-2.
Neidlinger, who improved his record to 8-11, settled in after the second inning and did not allow a hit after the third.
Although he walked the bases full in the fifth, he got out of the situation when Steve Johnson popped to second and Omar Malave and Glenallen Hill each struck out. It was one of four times Neidlinger struck out Hill.
Jose Melendez came on for Neidlinger in the ninth to earn the save.
Manager Ed Ott sat out the first game of a four-game suspension that was assessed when he bumped umpire Jose Morales two nights before in Hagerstown.