Curve come from behind to beat 'Ducks for third straight win

Kramer reaches base four times, Espinal drives in two to back solid Brubaker outing

Curve infielder Edwin Espinal (Mark Olson / MiLB)

By Max Gun / Altoona Curve | April 14, 2017 10:53 PM ET

CURVE, Pa. - Kevin Kramer reached base four times and drove in a run, Edwin Espinal  knocked in a pair of runs and Elvis Escobar  hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly as the Altoona Curve beat the Akron RubberDucks, 5-4, at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Friday night for their third straight win.

The Curve (6-3) came from behind to take the lead in the sixth inning against the RubberDucks (2-7) and held them off the board the rest of the way.

Zane Chavez tied the game with an RBI single and Escobar put the Curve in front, 5-4, with a sacrifice fly.

Buddy Borden (Hold, 1) worked through two scoreless relief innings for Altoona and Jared Lakind (Save, 1) finished the game with a strikeout of Yu Chang.

Jared Lakind (Save, 1) closed out the win in the ninth inning.

Altoona starter J.T. Brubaker (Win, 1-1) allowed four runs (two earned) over six innings with a walk and six strikeouts.

The Curve got on the board in the first inning after Michael Suchy tripled and Kramer brought him in to score with a double.

After Akron tied the game at 1-1 in the second, Espinal lined a two-out, two-run double in the third to put the Curve back in front.

Akron left fielder Dorssys Paulino went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. The RubberDucks other two runs came courtesy of a two errors by Altoona in the sixth inning.

Nick Pasquale started for the RubberDucks, going 4 2/3 innings. He allowed three earned runs on five hits, striking out two and walking four. Mitch Brown (Loss, 0-1) gave up the go-ahead runs in the sixth inning. Cameron Hill and David Speer combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Altoona and Akron continue the series with the finale on Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Tanner Anderson (0-0, 1.80 ) gets the start for the Curve, opposite of left-hander Luis Lugo (1-0, 3.18) for the RubberDucks. First pitch is at 1 p.m. from Peoples Natural Gas Field.

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