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Pirates' Hughes Strong for Curve in Rehab Start

Curve avoid sweep, blank Baysox 2-0.<br mce_bogus="1">
ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - Pirates RHP Jared Hughes, Nick Kingham and Nate Baker combined to shut out the Bowie Baysox, 2-0, in the series finale on Wednesday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field.  Alex Dickerson extended his streak of scorching offense, going 2-for-3 with a homer to lead the Curve offense on Wednesday.  

Altoona scored both of its runs in the second inning. Dickerson led off the inning by blasting the first pitch he saw over the right-center field wall toward the roller coaster. After Jarek Cunningham popped out, Justin Howard dribbled a shallow single to shortstop. Charlie Cutler followed with a groundball single into right field that moved Howard to third base. Carlos Paulino then hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Howard easily for the 2-0 lead.

Hughes made the rehab start for the Curve, throwing two impressive innings. He allowed one hit and no runs while striking out four and walking none.

Kingham (3-2) entered the game when Hughes reached his innings limit after the second. He contributed 6.1 scoreless innings to the shutout. He allowed six hits while striking out four and walking three.

Kingham got into a jam in the top of the ninth, letting Bowie load the bases with one out. Baker entered the game and coaxed Garabez Rosa into a weak groundout to third. Adalberto Santos snapped up the roller, stepped on the bag, and roped a throw to first just ahead of Rosa to end the game and sew up the save for Baker.

Santos also singled in the game to run his hitting streak to 13 games, which is now a team best mark in 2013.  Dickerson also kept his streak of multi-hit games alive on Wednesday, running it to five.  He's grabbed at least two hits in seven of his last eight contests.  

--Curve Media Relations--
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