Curve Win 5th Straight

Published 07/06 2014 10:45PM

Updated 07/07 2014 04:17PM

ALTOONA – Altoona staged another come-from-behind victory and won their five straight overall by defeating the Harrisburg Senators 6-5 on Sunday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The Curve trailed at one point in the game 5-2 and thanks to Alen Hanson’s go-ahead RBI in the eighth picked up their eighth consecutive win over the Senators.
Joely Rodriguez got off to a slow start on the mound for Altoona. Harrisburg plated two runs against the southpaw in the first inning to take the early advantage. With two on and one out, Kevin Keyes grounded a ball to short that was misplayed by Alen Hanson and scored a run.  After that play, Harrisburg’s Ricky Hague hit an RBI single to cap the scoring in the frame. The Senators put up another run in the second on an RBI single by Michael Taylor to take a 3-0 lead. 
Altoona struck to within one in the third. Hanson led off the inning with a bunt single and advanced to second on a five-pitch walk from Elias Diaz. After the walk, Justin Howard knocked in Hanson with a single to right which also advanced Diaz to third. The Curve catcher scored on a Stetson Allie sacrifice fly.
The Curve couldn’t slow down the Senators immediately following the two-run rally in the third. Jason Martinson belted a solo homer to lead off the fourth inning and the pitcher Brian Dupra grounded a single past Allie at first to drive home another run. With the two runs in the inning, Altoona trailed 5-2.
Andy Vasquez played a pivotal part of the two-run sixth for the Curve. After Allie hit a one-out single to left, Vasquez sliced a double past a diving Michael Taylor in center and scored on the next play. When Keon Broxton flew out to center, Vasquez tagged from second and the relay throw went errant and allowed the Curve right fielder to score from second on the play.
The rally came full circle in the eighth and was reminiscent of their four-run ninth inning in their April 23 win over the Senators. After Broxton drew a one-out walk, Gift Ngoepe laid down a sacrifice bunt and an error by the pitcher Robert Benincasa allowed Broxton to score from first and Ngoepe wheeled to third on the error. Hanson then provided the coup de grace to Harrisburg with an RBI single to right which scored Ngoepe from third and capped the Curve’s come-from-behind-win.
Ryan Beckman (2-4) earned the win after he tossed two shutout innings in relief while Benincasa (0-2) suffered the loss. Kenn Kasparek stayed perfect in saves by registering his fourth of the season.  Curve starter Joely Rodriguez allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings and received a no-decision.
The Curve will continue their homestand when they welcome in the Erie SeaWolves for five games in four days beginning on Monday night.
Starting Monday’s first game against the SeaWolves will be Altoona’s Adrian Sampson (6-5, 2.82). The right hander will be opposed by Erie’s Wilsen Palacios (5-4, 5.33). First pitch for the Erie series will be at 7 p.m.
--Altoona Curve Media Relations

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