Ken Ford's two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning gave the Alexandria Dukes a 9-7 victory yesterday and a sweep of their three-game series with the Lynchburg Mets at Four Mile Run Park.
Ford's 17th homer came on the first pitch thrown to him by reliever Byron Ballard (1-4) and traveled 400 feet, over the right-center field fence. Mike Quade had singled with one out and advanced to second on a ground out before Ford came to bat.
Trailing, 7-6, the Dukes tied in the eighth. Pete Rowe led off with a double and, one out later, moved to third on a ground out. Joe Orsulak then hit the first pitch from reliever Jeff Sunderlage down the right field line for a triple.
The Mets had little difficulty hitting starter Mike Zamba. They scored four runs on five hits in his 1 1/3 innings. Darryl Denby's two-run double finished Zamba in the second.
Johnny Taylor relieved and did not allow a run despite five hits in 5 1/3 innings. In that time, the Dukes took the lead. Brian DeValk's two-run triple sparked a three-run second and Rick Renteria hit a two-run homer, his 10th, to make it 5-4 in the sixth.
Andy Snaith, who celebrated his 21st birthday, homered to center field for a 6-4 lead in the sixth.