The Kinston Indians scored seven runs in the bottom of the third inning, erasing a 5-0 deficit to come back and beat Frederick 7-5 Friday night at Grainger Stadium. The K-Tribe sent 12 men to the plate in the third, racking up their only six hits of the game. With Kinston down 5-0, Nathan Panther led off the bottom of the third with a walk. After singles from both Josh Rodriguez and Brian Finegan, the bases were loaded with just one out. Stephen Head hit a bases clearing double to the gap in right-center, making the score 5-3. After Max Ramirez was hit by a pitch, Wes Hodges hit a three-run home run to give Kinston a 6-5 lead. John Drennen followed Hodges with his own round tripper, a solo shot to right field. Kinston did not have a hit or score a run in any inning but the third.
The third inning hit parade gave starter Kevin Dixon his seventh straight win of the season. Dixon (9-3) went five innings, giving up four earned runs. Dixon has won eight of his last nine starts and has not lost since May 7th. Jim Deters pitching three scoreless innings of relief from the bullpen, striking out five and not giving up a hit. Scott Roehl picked up his league leading 17th save in the ninth inning, getting a strikeout and a game ending pop out with the bases loaded.
The K-Tribe picked up their 60th win of the season, and went to a Southern Division leading 15-10 in the second half. The K-Tribe will play game two of this three game series tomorrow at 7pm in Kinston. Sung-Wei Tseng is on the mound for Kinston; the first one-thousand fans through the gates receive free baseball gloves.