Hagerstown's Dave Falcone hit a two-out, three-run home run in the fifth inning to lead the Suns past the Alexandria Dukes, 5-2, and gain a split of their doubleheader last night before 1,791 at Four Mile Run Park. Alexandria won the opener behind Fernando Gonzales' four-hitter, 5-1.

The Dukes, who lead the Carolina league's Northern Division by two games, failed in the final meeting of the season between the two clubs to open up any ground on the second-place Suns.

Tim Maples (3-3) started for Hagerstown in the second game and lasted five innings in picking up the victory. He struck out two, and gave up four hits, including a sixth inning solo home run to Joe Orsulak. John Mitcheltree pitched the final two innings for his third save.

Lee Marcheskiea (8-3) started for the Dukes but was replaced after allowing four hits and two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Jeff Horne came on in the third to pitch 2 1/3 innings of one-hit relief, allowing Falcone's home run.

Gonzales (11-8), who pitched a no-hitter in his last start, threw 101 pitches, striking out six and walking two. He retired Hagerstown in order through the first three innings.