MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Curve have been poor on the road, going 11-20 away from Peoples Natural Gas Field.
But one place they have been successful as of late is New Hampshire, where the team started an 11-game road trip Tuesday night.
Thanks to a two-run ninth inning, the Curve extended their winning streak at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium to five games with a 4-2 victory over the Fisher Cats.
All-time, the Curve are now 18-13 in Manchester.
Adrian Sampson started for the Curve and pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out six. That wouldn't earn him a win, however, as the bullpen blew its second save in as many games and 12th on the season.
New Hampshire's Kenny Wilson scored on Mike McDade's double to tie the game against Altoona's Jhonathan Ramos in the eighth.
Covering the bases
LEADING OFF: The Curve's series with New Hampshire not only features the teams with two-worst records in the Eastern League, but also the two worst batting averages. Altoona entered the series batting .251 (11th overall), compared to the Fisher Cats' .232 average (12th).
SAFE AT FIRST: Both team's lineups may be struggling, but their pitching staffs entered the series in the top half of the league in ERA. The Curve have an ERA at 3.80 (3rd) and the Fisher Cats are 3.84 (5th).
STEALING SECOND: RHP Adrian Sampson's 2.00 ERA, tops among active EL pitchers, does not include his outing on June 11. He went three innings, allowing two runs on two hits against Portland, before the game was suspended. That game will be finished as part of a doubleheader on Friday, and the runs then will count against Sampson's ERA.
ROUNDING THIRD: LF Andy Vasquez's solo home run in the fourth was his second in the last three games. 2B Gift Ngoepe's homer in the third was his first since May 13th
HEADING HOME: Former Curve RHP A.J. Morris had another solid outing for Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, giving up one run in five innings but suffering the loss against Gwinnett. Morris' ERA is 2.15 in three starts for Indy.
- Matt Michelone
The Curve reclaimed the lead for good on Elias Diaz's sacrifice fly that scored Keon Broxton in the ninth. Jarek Cunningham's RBI-single scored pinch-runner Drew Maggi for an insurance run.
Ramos (2-3) picked up the win for the Curve, while Quinton Miller finished it off in the ninth for his fourth save.
Randy Boone (0-3) took the loss for the Fisher Cats, giving up the game-winning runs on three hits.
New Hampshire starter P.J. Walters allowed two runs on six hits. He had previously shut the Curve out on May 31 following a trade from Kansas City.
The Curve got on the board in the third with Gift Ngoepe's fifth home run of the year to right field for the early advantage. Andy Vasquez led off the fourth with a solo shot to give the Curve a 2-0 lead.
Alen Hanson's double in the sixth extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
Key player: RHP Adrian Sampson allowed only one run on five hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 2.00.
Key play: C Elias Diaz's sacrifice fly in the ninth put the Curve ahead.
Key stat: The Curve have won five straight games against New Hampshire in Manchester.
How they scored
Top 3rd: Ngoepe homered (1-0).
Top 4th: Vasquez homered (2-0).
Bot 7th: Hobson homered (2-1).
Bot 8th: Wilson singled, scored on McDade double (2-2).
Top 9th: Broxton singled, scored on Diaz sacrifice fly (3-2); Curry singled, pinch ran for by Maggi. Maggi scored on Cunningham single (4-2).