HIGH POINT — On an oppressively hot afternoon, the Long Island Ducks continued to throw cold water on the previously red-hot Rockers.
The Ducks did enough damage against High Point starter Cooper Casad to prevail 5-3 and coupled with Saturday, sent the Rockers to their first back-to-back defeats since Aug. 10-12 at Lexington.
The Rockers then won eight in a row to start a run that included 12 wins in 14 games and ended with a victory over Long Island on Friday.
The Duck improved to 45-36 for the best record in the league as the Rockers dropped to 45-38. High Point fell to 14-9 in the second half but retained first place in the South Division by a game over Gastonia, which lost to Lexington 26-12.
Casad went eight innings as he fell to 6-2. He gave up five runs and 12 hits, struck out four and walked none. High Point scored all of its runs and scratched out seven hits in the 6 ⅓ innings that Long Island starter Anderson DeLeon (4-3) was on the mound.
Long Island scored in the first on Lew Ford’s sacrifice fly with two on. High Point countered in the bottom of the inning on Stephen Cardullo’s sacrifice fly with Johnny Field on third.
Steve Lambardozzi smacked a two-run homer after Vladimir Frias singled in the third and the Ducks never trailed again. They added two more in the sixth. Sal Giardina led off on a ground-rule double and scored on Ty Kelly’s one-out double to center. Johnni Turbo then laced a single that scored Kelly.
High Point scratched across two in the seventh. Stuart Levy led off with a home run. Jared Mitchell laced a one-out triple and scored when Michael Martinez singled.
Mitchell and Giovanny Alfonzo finished with a pair of hits each. Martinez, Latimore, Cardullo and Levy had one each.
The Rockers return to action at home Tuesday in the start of a three game series against Gastonia.