BOWIE, Md. - The Curve's winning streak ended at eight Friday night, but not without a fight.
Altoona rallied to tie in the late going, only to see Bowie come right back with a big inning. Even then, however, the Curve had another rally but came up short, 7-5, at Prince George's Stadium.
The eight-game winning streak was the longest of the season and one of the longest in Curve history, falling just two shy of the team record. The club is now at the halfway point of the season and, thanks to the winning streak, has been able to improve its record substantially recently to a more respectable 33-38.
Altoona came back from a 3-0 deficit and pulled even at 3-3 in the seventh inning on an RBI single by Gift Ngoepe. Bowie answered with four runs in its half of the seventh inning off Curve starter Nick Kingham and Nate Baker for a 7-3 lead.
Back-to-back infield singles scored two runs that gave the Baysox a 5-3 lead, then Nolan Reimold drove home a pair with a single for a four-run cushion.
The Curve weren't about to let their winning streak end so easily, though, and threatened in their final two at-bats but couldn't come all the way. Jarek Cunningham's sacrifice fly scored Drew Maggi, and Carlos Paulino singled home Gregory Polanco in the eighth to pull Altoona back within 7-5.
Covering the bases
LEADING OFF: C Tony Sanchez became the 107th former Curve player to reach the major leagues when he was called up to the Pirates on Friday. Sanchez, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2009 draft, played for Altoona the past two years. He was hitting .305 with nine homers and 35 RBIs for Triple-A Indianapolis.
SAFE AT FIRST: 3B Adalberto Santos had quite a night Friday for the Curve. He not only went 4-for-5, but the one time he was retired came after a 15-pitch at-bat.
STEALING SECOND: Santos saw his average plummet from .345 to .231 in just a few weeks, but he's regrouped and raised the figure to .271 with his big game.
ROUNDING THIRD: The Curve are without manager Carlos Garcia for this series. He is home attending his son's high school graduation.
HEADING HOME: Despite playing in the same division, this weekend's series is the first time the Curve and Bowie are meeting this season. It didn't occur until Altoona's 71st game, the halfway point of the season.
-- Cory Giger
The Curve got a runner on in the ninth as Adalberto Santos singled to finish 4-for-5, but Bowie Oliver Drake retired Maggi and Polanco to earn his first save.
Kingham (1-1) allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings to take the loss in his second Double-A start. He struck out six, walked one and allowed seven hits. Baker came on with two runners on and one out in the seventh and let both inherited runners score as Bowie took a 7-3 lead.
Baysox reliever Chris Petrini (2-3) retired only one batter in the seventh inning but was credited with the win.
SUBHD: Game recap
Key player: Curve 3B Adalberto Santos went 4-for-5 with an RBI in a losing effort.
Key play: LF Nolan Reimold delivered a big two-run single in the seventh to give Bowie a 7-3 lead.
Key stat: The Curve's eight-game winning streak was snapped.
SUBHD: How they scored
Bottom 3rd: Horton singled, scored on Romero groundout (0-1).
Bottom 4th: Urrutia singled, scored on Joseph two-run homer (0-3).
Top 5th: Vasquez singled, scored on Ngoepe groundout (1-3); Paulino walked, scored on Santos single (2-3).
Top 7th: Paulino singled, scored on Ngoepe single (3-3).
Bottom 7th: Rosa singled, scored on Kelly single (3-4); Pettit doubled, scored on Romero single (3-5); Reimold single scored Kelly and Romero (3-7).
Top 8th: Maggi walked, scored on Cunningham sacrifice fly (4-7); Polanco walked, scored on Paulino single (5-7).