CURVE, Pa. - Edwin Espinal blasted a two-run home run to break a scoreless tie in the fourth inning, and that was all the offense the Altoona Curve needed to beat the Akron RubberDucks, 2-1, at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Saturday afternoon for their fourth straight win.
Altoona (7-3) swept Akron (2-8) for the first time since 2010, when the Curve beat the then-Aeros in a series on August 3-5.
Tanner Anderson (Win, 1-0) pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings on Saturday. He allowed seven hits, one walk and one strikeout, and recorded 11 ground ball outs.
Sean Keselica (Hold, 1) worked through 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings for Altoona and Montana DuRapau (Save, 3) finished the game with a strikeout of Eric Haase.
DuRapau moved into sole possesion possession of third place on the Curve's all-time saves list with 25 for his career, passing Noah Krol. He now trails only Matt Peterson (29) and Brandon Knight (27).
Akron starter Luis Lugo (Loss, 1-1) lasted six innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walking two and striking out three. Travis Banwart took over and pitched two scoreless innings for the RubberDucks.
Dorssys Paulino drove in the only run of the game for Akron with an RBI single in the ninth inning. He finished the series with a home run and three RBI.
The Curve won all three games by one run in the series against Akron and scored first in each game.
After an off day on Sunday, Altoona will continue their homestand against the Erie SeaWolves on Monday. Right-hander Yeudy Garcia (0-0, 27.00) gets the start for the Curve, opposite of left-hander Anthony Vasquez (1-0, 2.57) for the SeaWolves. First pitch is at 6 p.m. from Peoples Natural Gas Field.
It will be the first Military and First Responder Monday of the season. The Curve salute active duty military and first responders with half-price tickets with proper I.D. (up to four tickets). There will also be exclusive-to-Monday Meatball Subs available, and it will be Landscaping Night, presented by Beck's Maintenance & Landscaping. Tickets are available online at AltoonaCurve.com, by phone at 877.99.CURVE or at the PNG Field box office.
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