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Dickerson Paces Curve to 3rd Straight Win

Curve OF drives in 8 runs to tie a franchise record on Friday night.<br mce_bogus="1">
MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE - Alex Dickerson drove in eight of Altoona's 13 runs to tie a franchise record on Friday night in a, 13-6, drubbing of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.  The eight RBI ties a franchise mark set by Alex Presley back on May 24, 2010 when he drove in eight runs in Akron's Canal Park.  The Poway, Calif. native finished the day 3-for-6 with two doubles, his 14th home run of the season and his eight RBI, which are a career-high.  

Believe it or not the Curve actually trailed in the game after one inning when New Hampshire scored a run thanks to an A.J. Jimenez RBI single.  That would be the only time the Curve would really be in peril the rest of the evening as they wen on to score the next six runs of the game to take a commanding lead.

Altoona's first run scored on a throwing error by 'Cats second baseman Tommy Manzella in the second inning when Jarek Cunningham trotted home.  

Things remained scoreless until the fifth when the Curve broke the game open.  Charlie Cutler led off the inning with a single but then two stellar defensive plays from 'Cats shortstop Kevin Nolan put two outs on the board.  With Cutler at third and two down, Mel Rojas, Jr. gave the Curve the lead for good with a double to deep left-center.  

Marcus Walden (6-11) then issued back-to-back walks to Adalberto Santos and Gregory Polanco to load up the bases for Dickerson, who had been 0-for-7 to start the series.  He changed that with a bases-clearing double and it had the Curve in front, 5-1.  Justin Howard got in on the parade, singling off the pitcher Walden as the ball caromed into shallow left field.

New Hampshire grabbed an unearned run back in the bottom of the inning off spot starter and winner Nate Baker (3-1).  Altoona grabbed it right back when Cutler scored on an error in the sixth.  

The see-saw affair continued with New Hampshire adding two runs in the bottom of the sixth off reliever Quinton Miller.  Those runs were answered mightily in the seventh when Dickerson mashed his 14th home run of the season, a three-run shot to right, to send the Curve up, 10-4.  

His final two RBI of the night game in the eighth with another double, this time down the line at first.  The third-round pick in the 2011 draft out of Indiana had a chance to break the franchise record with the bases loaded and two down in the top of the ninth but he grounded out to third to end the inning.  

Since June 1, Dickerson has 17 doubles, 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 48 games played.  

The Curve finished the night with 14 hits, which is the same amount they had in Thursday night's no-hit win over the 'Cats.  Dickerson and Cutler led the way with three hits apiece while Polanco walked four times and scored three runs in the victory.  

--Curve Media Relations--

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