Alexandria got solid relief work from Jim Buckmier and a clutch single from .190 hitter Ruben Rodriguez to defeat Hagerstown, 6-5, last night at Four Mile Run Park. The Dukes won two games in the three-game series.
Buckmier got the Dukes out of trouble in the sixth when he entered a tie game with the bases loaded and nobody out. Only one Hagerstown player scored, that on a walk, and the Dukes trailed, 4-3.
In the bottom of the inning, Rodriguez singled to drive in Jim Opie and Nelson De la Rosa and put the Dukes ahead, 5-4. Craig Brown homered in the seventh to make it 6-4.
Hagerstown rallied for one run in the ninth, but left the bases loaded when Paul Bard looked at a third strike from Dorn Taylor.
Buckmier got his second victory of the year, Taylor his fourth save.
The Dukes scored twice in the fifth with two out, tying the game at 3-3. Jim Felt and Marvin Clack walked and Sam Khalifa hit a 3-2 pitch up the middle to score Felt and send Clack to third. Brown followed with a grounder to third that Jeff Doerr couldn't handle, allowing Clack to score.
Doerr broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth with a two-run homer well over the scoreboard in left field.
Hagerstown scored first, getting a run on a Ken Gerhart double, a passed ball and balk by Dukes starter Sean Faherty. Alexandria tied the game in the second on a two-out single by Clack that drove in Rodriguez.