ERIE – The Curve scored 10 runs with two outs on Friday night and used three homers to out-slug the SeaWolves, 11-6, at Jerry Uht Park. Zack Dodson (1-2) picked up his first Double-A win with five innings of one-run ball and five strikeouts. Matt Curry, Elias Diaz and Mel Rojas, Jr. all went deep in the win.
Altoona was hot out of the gate in the first inning, scoring four times off starter Wilsen Palacios (3-2). Drew Maggi worked a one-out walk before Rojas grabbed the first of his three hits to move him to second. Curry came to the dish and stroked the first of his three hits back through the middle to score Maggi and put the Curve up, 1-0. After Stetson Allie popped out, Diaz crushed his second homer of the year off the neighboring arena, a three-run shot, and the Curve were up, 4-0.
Dodson allowed a run in the bottom of the first but settled in after that and stranded a pair of SeaWolves’ baserunners in the first, second and third innings. He then went on a streak to retire the final eight batters he faced before departing after five innings.
Meanwhile, the offense went back to work against Palacios, scoring twice in the fifth on a two-out, two-run single by Allie to make it, 6-1.
Quinton Miller relieved Dodson in the sixth and pitched a perfect inning to run the streak of consecutive SeaWolves batters retired to 11. Then in the seventh, Rojas teed off for his fourth homer of the season to make it an, 8-1, game.
Erie, however, put a scare into the scoreboard as they scored five unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings to pull to within two. In the ninth, Curry came to the dish with two on and two out and laced his second homer in as many days. With the blast, the Curve could breathe easy and they were up, 11-6.
Emmanuel de Leon, who gave up a run in the eighth, pitched a clean ninth and notched his third save of the season. Curry and Rojas each had three hits apiece while Maggi chipped in the team’s only other multi-hit effort. Curry finished the day with four RBI.
The Curve (19-27) and Erie (18-27) will now play a doubleheader beginning at 4:35 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Jerry Uht Park. Getting the ball for the Curve in the first game of Saturday afternoon’s twinbill will be LHP Joely Rodriguez (1-4, 4.73), who searches for his first win since April. He’ll be opposed by RHP Jeff Ferrell (3-5, 5.59) for Erie. In the nightcap, RHP Tyler Sample (3-2, 4.76) returns to the starting rotation for the Curve while RHP Nick Avila (0-2, 6.11) gets the nod for the ‘Howlers.
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