Portland (58-63) jumped out to an early lead getting to Curve starter Casey Sadler for single runs in the first and second innings, to take a 2-0 advantage. The Sea Dogs broke the game open with three runs in the top half of the third inning to make it a 5-0 game.
Sadler (10-6) worked four innings allowing five runs on eight hits while walking and striking out one. Kenn Kasparek pitched brilliantly in relief throwing three scoreless frames. He allowed only two hits and one walk, while striking out a pair. Kasparek has thrown 14.1 consecutive innings of scoreless relief over his last five appearances. Quinton Miller and Jason Townsend also each tossed scoreless innings in relief.
The Curve (55-65) offense got on the board in the bottom half of the sixth inning. Gregory Polanco began the inning with his second triple of the season to deep center field. He later scored on an RBI groundout by Justin Howard. Howard has driven home a run in each of his last four games.
Couch (9-3) went seven strong innings for the Sea Dogs surrendering just the one run on eight hits.
Polanco turned in three hits for the Curve offense. Carlos Paulino and Alex Dickerson each had a pair of hits in the defeat.
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