Alexandria split a Carolina League doubleheader last night with the Lyunchburg Mets, winning the opener, 2-1, and dropping the second game by the same score in 10 innings before 1,474, the largest crowd this season at Four Mile Run Park.
Lynchburg gained a split after two were out in the 10th. Jose Oquendo singled, stole second and scored on designated hitter Roger Frash's double.
The Dukes then had a chance to win. But with one out, pinch runner Joe Fiori on second and Rafael Belliard on first, Lynchburg relief pitcher Cliff Faust struck out the last two batters for his third save this season.
In his first appearance for the Dukes, reliever Kerry Keenan pitched 4 1/3 innings, striking out six of the first seven men he faced and allowing only three hits, two in the 10th.
Alexandria took the opener on a run in the seventh after Lynchburg tied in the top of that inning. With one out, Angel Rodriguez, who had homered in the fifth, singled to center. Bill Beane bobbled the ball, letting Rodriguez take second, and Jim Felt singled to right to score Rodriguez.
Rodriguez had three hits in three at bats in the first game. But his 13-game hitting streak was snapped in the nightcap.