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Curve Rally for Win

Altoona scores two runs in the ninth to beat New Hampshire.


MANCHESTER, N.H. – A resilient Curve scored two runs in the top of the ninth to down the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 4-2, in the first game of an 11-game road trip on Tuesday Night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Elias Diaz and Jarek Cunningham each had RBI sac flies in the ninth to put the Curve into the win column. Alen Hanson finished the night 1-for-4 and ran his season-best hit streak to 13 games in the win as well.
 
It was a tale of two games as the Curve had an early lead and looked primed to cruise to a win behind Adrian Sampson. A pair of solo homers, one by Gift Ngoepe in the third and another by Andy Vasquez in the fourth, had the Curve up, 2-0.
 
Sampson took things over from there as he retired 10 in a row from the second until there were two outs in the fifth. A 12-pitch walk to Derrick Chung ended the streak but Sampson was able to work around the two-out walk and end the inning. The Washington native danced around a one-out, bases-loaded situation in the sixth to keep the ‘Cats at bay and run his scoreless innings streak versus New Hampshire to 14 innings.
 
He couldn’t make it 15, however, as K.C. Hobson homered to start the seventh inning but that was the only run the righty allowed in his seven innings. He struck out six and walked one.
 
The Curve bullpen faltered in the eighth and allowed the Fisher Cats to tie the game at two before heading to the ninth.
 
Finally out of the game for New Hampshire was P.J. Walters, who spun eight innings of two-run ball with six strikeouts. In came Randy Boone, who hadn’t allowed a run in his last 10 games. That changed when Keon Broxton and Matt Curry singled back-to-back to start the inning and put runners at the corners. Drew Maggi pinch ran for Curry before Elias Diaz hit a sac fly to right to score Broxton to give the Curve the lead once again.
 
Justin Howard followed by smoking a double off the glove of Hobson at first and then New Hampshire intentionally walked Willy Garcia to load up the bases. Cunningham came to the plate and stroked a sac fly to right and it scored Maggi from third to place the Curve up, 4-2.
 
Quinton Miller locked down the game in the ninth for his fourth save of the season.
 
Winners of the first game of this 11 game road trip, the Curve (26-41) will eye a series win with a victory on Wednesday versus the Fisher Cats (28-41) at 7:05 p.m. LHP Zack Dodson (1-3, 4.29) gets the ball on Wednesday night looking to lead the Curve to that series win. New Hampshire has yet to name a starter.

-Curve media relations

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