Salem, VA - Kinston’s bats came to life for 12 hits in an 8-4 victory over Salem Saturday night in Virginia. K-Tribe starter Kevin Dixon (8-3) took advantage of the hot hitting from his team, cashing in with his sixth straight win. Dixon gave up three earned runs in seven innings for the seventh win in his last eight starts.
Kinston erased a 2-0 deficit in the second inning, when Matt Whitney hit a two-run home run to left field. It was Whitney’s fourth home run in his 14th game back with the K-Tribe. Josh Rodriguez added a solo homer, his eighth round tripper of the season, in the third inning to put Kinston ahead for good. Kinston would add three runs in the seventh inning with RBI from Max Ramirez, Wes Hodges and Whitney to put the game away. Whitney had four RBI adding two sacrifice flies to his two-run homer. Hodges went 4-for-5 for his team leading 23rd multi-hit game of the season and second four hit game this year. Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Rodriguez is now hitting over .375 in his last ten games. Chris Salamida (6-4) took the loss for Salem, giving up seven earned runs in six plus innings. Scott Roehl cleaned things up for Kinston with his Carolina League leading 15th save of the season.
Kinston now owns a Carolina League best 57-32 overall record this season. The Indians are 12-8 in the second half of the season, good for first place in the Carolina League Southern Division. The K-Tribe will have a day off on Sunday before opening up a seven game home stand Monday at Grainger Stadium in Kinston. The K-Tribe will take on the Potomac Nationals at 7pm on Monday night, with Sung-Wei Tseng taking the mound for Indians.