Despite Alexandria home runs by Benny de la Rosa, Angel Rodriguez and Jim Felt, the Dukes lost to the Lynchburg Mets, 9-4, yesterday at Four Mile Run Park. The Carolina League teams split the four-game weekend series, which drew 3,812.

Lynchburg took the lead for good in the sixth inning when Duane Evans hit a three-run homer over the left field fence. It was his seventh of the season.

The Mets finished the scoring with four runs in the seventh. Darryl Strawberry singled and scored on a double by Bill Chamberlain. After Jose Oquendo bunted safely, Roger Frash scored on an error by second baseman Andy Snaith.

Manager Mike Toomey expressed disappointment with the Dukes' bullpen after the game.

"When you lose a guy like (Pete) Hamner (promoted to Pittsburgh's AA Buffalo team last week) you can't go to the bullpen," Toomey said. "We depended on him so much that our other relievers didn't get the work they needed. We're not playing bad ball, but we have to work out a few things pitchingwise."

In the series Toomey used seven relievers and saw them allow 11 hits and seven runs in 9 2/3 innings.