The K-Tribe took the final game of a six game series against Salem, upending the Avalanche 7-2 Thursday night at Grainger Stadium. Kinston took four of six games from Salem, extending the Indians lead in the Carolina League Southern Division to six games with 17 to play.
K-Tribe starter Sung-Wei Tseng took a no hitter into the fifth inning when Salem’s Pat Osborn broke it up with a one-out double. Ryan Reed followed with a single, and Salem catcher Jose Lopez drove them both home with a double. Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Kinston broke through with five runs. Jared Goedert started the rally with a one-out single. With two outs, Dustin Realini singled to keep the inning alive for Brian Finegan. Finegan followed with a single of his own, driving in Goedert. Jose Constanza kept the hit spree alive with a two-run single, scoring Realini and Finegan. Josh Rodriguez finished off the rally with a two-run home run, his 19th home run of the season. Wes Hodges would give the K-Tribe two more runs with a home run in the sixth inning, his 13th of the year.
Sung-Wei Tseng (6-8) picked up the win, giving up four hits, two earned runs, and striking out four in six innings. Ryan Edell did the rest, picking up his first save of the season with three innings of one hit ball. Chris Salamida (6-7) took the loss for Salem.
The K-Tribe hits the road for a short three game series with Frederick on Friday night. Steven Wright takes the mound for the K-Tribe, game time 6:30.