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Curve Rally to Take Down Howlers Friday

Curve erase early 4 run deficit, to top Erie 7-4.<br mce_bogus="1">
ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - The Altoona Curve used a mid-game surge to overcome an early deficit against the Erie SeaWolves and win, 7-4, in front of 7,623 at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Oscar Tejeda went 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run to spearhead Altoona's attack. He accounted for every RBI credited to the Curve.

Erie's Jamie Johnson led off the game with a home run to right field to give them a quick lead. In the top of the fourth, the SeaWolves scored three more runs to seemingly blow the game open. However, Altoona capitalized on solid hitting and spotty Erie defense to respond.

Adalberto Santos walked to open the bottom of the fourth inning. Gregory Polanco then singled to move him to second. After Alex Dickerson popped out and Jarek Cunningham struck out, both runners advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. Tejeda then singled up the gut to score Santos and Polanco and cut the lead in half. Carlos Paulino followed with a single to third baseman Brandon Douglas, who made a late and errant throw to first. Tejeda scored easily on the error.

Altoona stayed on track in the fifth inning. Drew Maggi opened the bottom half of the frame with a walk. Mel Rojas, Jr. grounded out, but advanced Maggi to second. Santos walked and Polanco hit a grounder to shortstop. Eugenio Suarez's throw to second was errant, allowing Maggi to score to tie the game at four.

On the next at-bat, Dickerson grounded to second base. The throw to second clipped Polanco and ricocheted into the outfield. Santos scored easily for the Curve's first lead of the game. Jarek Cunningham followed with a hard infield single to load the bases. Tejeda closed the scoring for the inning with an infield groundout to score Polanco for the 6-4 lead.

Polanco finished 1-for-3 with two runs and walk. Maggi went 1-for-2 with a run and two walks. Despite reaching base twice, Santos did not record a hit which snapped his team season-long hitting-steak at 14 games.

--Curve Media Relations--

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