The Alexandria Dukes, limited to one hit Tuesday night, had only four last night but produced a three-run eighth inning that carried them to their first Carolina League victory, 4-1, over the Lynchburg Mets, at chilly Four Mile Run Park.
Pete Hamner, who replaced starter Jim Lysgaard, picked up the victory, with three innings of scoreless relief. The triumph was not safe until pinch hitter Jim Lauer's pop fly to center field with the bases loaded in the ninth ended the game.
With the score 1-1, Jeff Rudolph worked a walk off reliever Ted Damitter and was sacrificed to second by Jerry Neufang. Rudolph went to third on a wild pitch and, after Carlos Matamoros walked, Rudolph scored on Victor Rodriguez's grounder that barely made it through the hole into left field.
Mark Johnson then hit a grounder that Met second baseman Bill Rittweger dove to snag. Matamoros came all the way from second to barely beat Rittweger's one hop throw to the plate. Rodriguez, who went to third, came home on Don Bowman's sacrifice fly to left field for a 4-1 Alexandria advantage.
Alexandria trailed 1-0 with the only hit up to that point Matamoros' soft single to left. The Dukes tied the score in the sixth when Neufang singled and was forced at second by Matamoros, who then stole second. Metamoros advanced to third when Met shortstop Jose Oquendo booted Rodriquez's grounder and scored on Johnston's sacrifice to fly to right.