Ken Ford drove in three runs with two hits, including his fifth home run, to lead the Alexandria Dukes to a 7-5 win over the Hagerstown Suns last night before 652 at Four Mile Run Park.

Alexandria now leads the second-place Suns by 7 1/2 games in the Northern Division of the Carolina League.

Ford raised his batting average to .404, and has driven in 20 runs with his 21 hits. He led off the second inning with a home run, an opposite-field drive over the 365-foot sign in right center. With one out, Jim Felt reached on an error and Andy Snaith followed with a long home run over the center field wall for a 3-0 lead. It was Snaith's second home run of the season.

Hagerstown scored twice in the third off Dukes' starter and winner Chris Green (3-1). A double by Andy Timko and single by Pat Dumochelle produced the runs.

Alexandria scored four runs on five hits in the fifth. Pete Rowe led off with a double and Marvin Clark followed with a bunt single. Rick Renteria's single scored Rowe and Nick Castaneda singled to score Clack. Renteria and Castaneda scored on Ford's single to center.

Greg Dees hit a three-run homer for the Suns to make it 7-5 in the eighth. Hagerstown had the tying runs on base with two outs in the ninth after an error and a walk, but Jeff Zaske pitched out of the jam.