Altoona carried its 3-2 lead into the ninth thanks to an Alen Hanson solo homer in the sixth, his sixth home run of the year. All of Hanson’s home runs have come in the month of May.
Kingham went back out for the sixth and got the shutout inning that the Curve were searching for, putting Erie down in order as part of seven in a row retired from the fifth through the seventh innings.
With the lead still at one, Emmanuel de Leon (0-1) was called upon to pitch the eighth in relief of Kingham. After getting the first out, he walked Jamie Johnson and permitted a single to Devon Travis to put two on with one out. He danced out of it though, retiring the next two men he faced to send the game to the ninth.
Kenny Faulk (1-2) set the Curve down in order in the ninth and de Leon went back out to start the ninth to try for a two-inning save. Moya, who homered earlier in the game, singled on the first pitch he saw from de Leon. Aaron Westlake followed and singled through the right side to move Moya to third and all of the sudden the go-ahead and winning runs were on the bases. De Leon then walked Dean Green to load up the bases and move the winning run to second.
Jhonathan Ramos was called into a nearly impossible situation with the bases loaded and no one out to face left-handed hitting Corey Jones. After he got ahead in the count, Ramos hit Jones to bring home Moya from third as the game-tying run. With the bases still loaded and no one out, Dixon Machado swung at a 3-0 pitch and popped it up to the first-base side for the inning’s first out.
Altoona then brought Keon Broxton into the dugout and sent Andy Vasquez out as a fifth infielder before the at bat to Johnson. Johnson, however, singled off the wall in left-center and won the game for Erie.
The failed save conversion was the 10th of the season for the Curve, who are also 10-games under .500.
Done with the Erie until July, the Curve (20-30) now embark on a journey to Richmond to take on the Flying Squirrels at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday night from The Diamond. Curve righty A.J. Morris (5-0, 1.43) puts his league-best ERA on the line in the first game of the series and will face Squirrels lefty Adalberto Mejia (1-4, 5.95).
--Altoona Curve Media Relations
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