It took 11 innings for the Prince William Cannons to break their five-game losing streak. Brad Ausmus knocked a line-drive single past first base to score pinch runner Juan Blackwell for a 3-2 victory over the Kinston Indians last night before 2,135 at Prince William County Stadium.
Mike Gardella (4-2) pitched two innings, giving up one hit and striking out three. Tim Peters (2-1) went 1 1/3 innings, giving up two hits and the winning run.
Enrique Hernandez came up with two key hits for the Cannons: an RBI single in the fourth and a double in the 11th.
Prince William (4-6) opened the scoring in the fourth. With one out Sherman Obando was hit by a fastball from Jerry Dipoto. Obando came home on Hernandez's double to the center field wall.
The Indians (5-5) came back in the fifth when, with two out, Brian Johnson homered to left. Fabio Gomez then singled and Eddie Zambrano doubled for a 2-1 edge.
The Cannons rallied in the seventh when Dave Silvestri singled, stole second and scored on Dave Howell's single.
Prince William had a chance to win in the ninth when Silvestri singled, then stole second and third only to see Howell strike out to end the threat.
In the 11th, Hernandez doubled. Blackwell ran for him and took third on Jason Bridges' sacrifice bunt. Ausmus followed with the game-winner.
The Cannons are 3-3 in extra-inning games, Kinston 1-4.
Spirits 8, Keys 2: Winston-Salem scored three runs in the first inning off Chuck Ricci and coasted to the home victory.
Frederick managed only five hits and two sixth-inning runs. Ricci allowed five runs in two innings for the loss.
The Keys, the Carolina League's Northern Division first-half champions, remained in first place with a 5-5 record in the second half, one game ahead of Lynchburg.
In the Southern Division, Winston-Salem remained a half-game behind Peninsula, which stayed in first with a 7-2 win over Lynchburg.