08/08/07 — Kinston blows six-run lead at rival Myrtle Beach

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Kinston blows six-run lead at rival Myrtle Beach

Published in Sports on August 8, 2007 1:48 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Michael Fisher connected on a bases-loaded, two-out RBI single in the seventh inning and Myrtle Beach nipped Kinston 8-7 on Tuesday evening.

Fisher's late-inning heroics helped snapped the K-Tribe's six-game win streak. The Pelicans trimmed a game off Kinston's lead in the Carolina League Southern Division standings. The teams continue their four-game series today.

Kinston (27-15) erupted for five runs in the first inning.

Jose Constanza started the uprising with a lead-off single and scored on Matt Whitney's homer run, his seventh in just 32 appearances with the K-Tribe this season. An infield error and John Drennen's single set the table for Jerad Head, who produced a two-RBI double.

Mike Butia supplied the final RBI for the 5-0 advantage.

The K-Tribe stretched their advantage to six runs on Josh Rodriguez's second-inning, solo home run -- his 13th of the season and second against Myrtle Beach this week.

The Pelicans (24-20) responded with two runs in each of the second, third and sixth innings. Kinston moved back in front on Head's two-out RBI hit, but Fisher (4-for-5) put Myrtle Beach ahead for good with his bases-loaded knock.

Kyle Collins endured the loss behind reliever Ryan Edell, who surrendered three earned runs on three hits in a three-inning stint out of the bullpen. Steven Wright tossed three-plus innings and yielded four earned runs on nine hits.