KINSTON, N.C., SEPT. 4 -- Frederick Keys pitcher Zachary Kerr got some run support, something he hasn't seen all season against the Kinston Indians, but he stumbled upon an all-too-familiar result tonight.
Kerr suffered his fourth loss to Kinston in as many starts as the Indians evened the best-of-five Carolina League Championship Series at a game apiece with an 8-4 victory.
The series shifts to Frederick Wednesday with left-handers Pat Leinen (6-6, 3.00 ERA) of the Keys and Todd Gonzales (11-4, 3.14) of the Indians scheduled to pitch.
The Keys couldn't find the magic that produced a six-run rally in Monday's win as right-hander Scott Neill threw 3 2/3 innings of one-hit ball to pick up the save.
Jesse Levis led Kinston's 13-hit attack with three hits and three RBI, including a homer in the fifth.
The Keys didn't score a run for Kerr in his three regular season losses to Kinston, in which he had a 3.00 ERA. But tonight, given a 2-0 lead before he threw a pitch, he gave up six earned runs.
"I think I threw as well as I could as far as getting guys out, but it's championship time and everybody's got to play a little better," said Kerr, who was relieved by Steve Mondile after 4 2/3 innings.
The Keys staked Kerr to a 2-0 lead in the first off winner Curtis Leskanic. Tony Beasley led off with a walk, went to third on Ricky Gutierrez's double, and scored on Tyrone Kingwood's groundout.
On Mel Wearing's single to left-center, Gutierrez -- who stumbled rounding third -- was thrown out at the plate. But Wearing scored on Pete Rose's double down the right field line.
Kerr gave up a leadoff walk to Rouglas Odor and singles to Jim Thome and Levis in the fourth. Levis's single drove in two and Rick Falkner's two-out single to center score two and the Indians had the lead for good at 4-2.
After Levis's homer in the sixth, Tim Costo singled and later scored on Falkner's single just to the right of Kerr's glove and up the middle.
Mondile then held off Kinston until Odor and Thome led off the eighth with singles. They scored on a one-out double to left by Costo off reliever Jeff Williams.
The Keys scored in the sixth on a two-out, two-run single by Mike Lehman that deflected off the glove of diving third baseman Thome and into left-center field.