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Despite Early Lead, Curve Fall to Sens

Justin Howard's home run powered the Curve to a 3-2 lead, but they fell 5-3 to Harrisburg.
ALTOONA - Justin Howard once again untied the ballgame with a solo homer but this time the ‘Sens were able to counter and score the final three runs of the game to send the Curve to a, 5-3, defeat on Sunday night in front of 5,661 at Peoples Natural Gas Field.  Howard turned in yet another multi-hit game while Adalberto Santos worked a walk to extend his on-base streak to 17 games dating back to July 24.  
 
Harrisburg scored first on Sunday night, plating two runs in the top of the first off starter Eliecer Navarro.  Altoona was able to answer in the bottom of the inning off A.J. Cole (3-0) and tie up the game.  Alen Hanson and Santos worked back-to-back walks to start the inning before Gregory Polanco singled back through the middle to score Hanson and cut the lead to one.  After Alex Dickerson, who was playing in his first game since the third game of the series in Binghamton, lined into a double play, Howard came through with an RBI single to tie up the game at two.  
 
Navarro settled in from there and kept the ‘Sens off the board until Howard’s solo home run to right field with one down in the fourth inning to make it, 3-2 Curve.  That’s where the game remained until a solo homer by Jason Martinson tied it at three off Navarro in the sixth.  The Curve starter left with a no decision, finishing six innings and giving up the three runs on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts.  
 
The seventh inning proved to be the deciding inning with the Senators scoring a pair of runs off reliever Ryan Beckman (0-1) on four hits.  Sean Nicol gave the ‘Sens a lead for good with his one-out RBI double to left before Ricky Hague singled a few batters later to put the Senators up by two.  
 
Altoona’s best chance to tie from there was in the eighth inning when Polanco walked and Dickerson singled behind him to put the tying runs on.  Howard strolled to the plate and put a good swing on the first pitch he saw from reliever Tyler Herron but it was caught on the warning track in right to end the inning and the threat.  
 
Zack Thornton worked two innings of scoreless, hitless relief on Sunday night for the Curve as well.  
 
Altoona (55-64) will now enjoy the final scheduled off day of the season on Monday before continuing the homestand on Tuesday when they welcome in the Portland Sea Dogs (AA - Red Sox) at 7 p.m.  
 
--Altoona Curve Media Relations

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