Hagerstown's Tom Rowe won his first game this season with a complete-game 9-1 victory over the Alexandria Dukes last night at Four Mile Run Park.
Rowe gave up only five hits and retired 15 of the last 16 batters.
Hagerstown took advantage of Pete Rice's control problems in the first four innings to take a 6-0 lead. Jon Denman's third home run in two days, with two on, highlighted the Suns' four-run fourth inning.
Denman's line drive homer was just inside the left field foul pole and drove in Gerry Melillo, who had singled, and Ken Gerhart, who had walked. Jeff Schaefer, a former University of Maryland second baseman, doubled to lead off the inning and scored on Melillo's hit.
Hagerstown scored twice in the second and would have had more, had not second baseman Marvin Clack's unassisted double play ended the inning with the bases loaded. Gerhart's walk forced home Dave Corman, and Denman got the first of his five RBI with a bases-loaded grounder that scored Jeff Doerr.
On Denman's grounder, Clack made an error to extend the Dukes' streak of having at least one error in every game this season. The Dukes made three more before the night was over.
The only good news for the Dukes was the relief work of Scott Bailes, who pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings. He hasn't given up an earned run this year.