ALTOONA, Pennsylvania — The Altoona Curve scored six runs in the second inning and never looked back, defeating the Portland Sea Dogs 7-2 on Thursday night in an Eastern League game at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
The Sea Dogs (46-78) took two of three from the Curve (65-59) in the series.
The Curve sent 10 men to the plate in the second inning, scoring six runs off losing pitcher Danny Rosenbaum (0-6). Jacob Stallings put Altoona on the board with a sacrifice fly to center field. Jonathan Schwind and Jose Osuana added two-run doubles and the final run came on a sac fly by Erich Weiss.
Rosenbaum was charged with his sixth loss in eight starts, yielding six runs (four earned) on four hits, three walks and two strikeouts.
Curve lefty Steven Brault (7-3) improved to 6-0 in his last 7 starts, tossing 6 ⅓ innings and allowing seven hits, two runs and one walk with five strikeouts. John Kuchno retired all five batters and faced and Brett McKinney pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Sea Dogs got on the board in the fifth inning against Brault. Tzu-Wei Lin smacked a two-run triple down the right-field line. Manuel Margot went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Carlos Asuaje extended his hitting streak to six games.
Portland’s bullpen provided 2 ⅔ scoreless innings of relief from Mike Augliera, who stranded a one-out triple by Adam Frazier in the fourth. Williams Jerez tossed two perfect innings. John Cornely worked two innings allowing a solo-homer to Barrett Barnes to lead off the eighth.