Marvin Clack had three hits and drove in two runs and the Alexandria Dukes broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the sixth inning to defeat the Lynchburg Mets, 5-2, in a Carolina League game yesterday before 887 at Four Mile Run Park.
With the Dukes trailing, 1-0, Clack, a switch-hitting shortstop, had a bunt single, moving Burk Goldthorn, who had doubled, to third. Rick Renteria walked and Nelson DeLaRosa beat out an attempted double play, scoring Goldthorn. Joe Orsulak's ground out scored Clack.
Lynchburg tied the game on Bruce Kastellic's sacrifice fly in the sixth before the Dukes rallied.
Ken Ford and Brad Garnett led off with singles and Mike Quade walked, loading the bases. Andy Snaith flied to right, but reliever Rick Myles hit Goldthorn for a 3-2 Alexandria lead. Clack followed with a single to right, scoring Garnett.
"I'm starting to feel more comfortable at the plate," said Clack, who started switch-hitting last year. "I bunt a lot and try to chop down at the ball from the left side. I get more power from the right (natural) side."
Alexandria added a run in the eighth when Quade walked and was sacrificed to second by Snaith. After Goldthorn fanned, Clack hit a wind-blown fly that landed just inside the right field line for a triple.
Lee Marcheskie won his first game, in relief of starter Jeff Horne. Horne, who had a cold and wasn't able to throw much between starts, pitched five innings and allowed two hits and an unearned run. Marcheskie finished, giving up three hits and a run.