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KINSTON — Devin Hairston gave the Carolina Mudcats a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth inning, but that margin did not hold up as Curtis Terry’s three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth propelled the Down East Wood Ducks to a 6-4 Advanced-A Carolina League victory Tuesday night at Grainger Stadium.
It was another tough loss at the hands of the Wood Ducks for the Mudcats, who fell to 57-57 overall and 18-27 in the second half. The Wood Ducks improved on their Carolina League-leading record, vaulting to 78-36 overall and 28-16 in second-half play.
The game-ending homer wasted a 3-for-5 showing from Carolina center fielder Tristen Lutz, who had a solo homer in the fourth. Mudcats starting right-hander Nelson Hernandez threw six innings and allowed two runs, but left with a no decision.
After the Wood Ducks took a 2-1 lead in the sixth on a Julio Pablo Martinez RBI single, Carolina leveled it at 2 in the seventh once Mario Feliciano was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Michael Petersen took the loss after entering in the ninth for the Mudcats. He struck out the first two batters he faced, but his only hit allowed was a 2-1 offering to Terry that disappeared over the wall in left center for the game winner. Terry was 3 for 4 with a double.
Cole Uvila worked the final two innings for the Wood Ducks, allowing one hit and retiring the Mudcats in order in the top of the ninth.
Sal Mendez limited the Mudcats to one run, the Lutz solo homer in the fourth. The Wood Ducks owned a 10-8 advantage in hits.
The series continues Tuesday in Kinston with a 7 p.m. first pitch.