Prince William was held to five hits, but four of them went for extra bases, including a bases-empty home run by Jay Knoblauh in the second inning and Sherman Obando's three-run shot in the third, as the Cannons earned a 5-2 win over the Durham Bulls last night before 5,287 fans at Prince William County Stadium.

Frank Seminara pitched six innings, giving up eight hits and one run to improve his record to 13-4, which leads the Carolina League. Mike Gardella came in with two outs in the eighth to earn his 21st save of the season, which ties the Cannons' all-time record.

"Basically, I wanted to throw strikes, keep the ball around the plate and let my fielders work for me," said Seminara. "Our new player {Knoblauh} has some power, which he showed with the home run in the second. We're starting to put it all together."

Prince William (16-14), the Northern Division leader, took a 1-0 lead over Durham (20-12) in the first when Dave Silvestri tripled off Pedro Borbon (4-2) and scored on J.T. Snow's ground ball to short, his 42nd RBI of the season.

Knoblauh, in his second start since being promoted from Fort Lauderdale, gave the Cannons a 2-0 lead in the second when he led off with a home run to left-center.