The Alexandria Dukes committed four errors and allowed three unearned runs in the fifth inning in losing to the Hagerstown Suns, 6-2, last night at Four Mile Run Park.

The teams split their four-game series, each winning once at home. A crowd of 348 watched last night's game.

"We were flat," said Dukes Manager Johnny Lipon. "The errors hurt us, and we gave up some crucial walks. But they also got some real 'bleeder' hits off us, with some bad hops on the edge of the turf. But we hit pretty well, and a loss like this won't devastate us."

The Dukes (2-2) played sluggishly and had trouble connecting against Tony Arnold (1-0). The Hagerstown right-hander pitched a complete game and scattered 10 hits, walking four and striking out five. An eighth-inning home run by first baseman Nick Casteneda, his second of the year, was Arnold's only mistake.

Hagerstown (2-2) capitalized on five walks by Alexandria starter Jeffrey Horne (0-1) to score five runs before he left with two out in the fifth. Reliever Ray Krawczyk pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out eight.