Curve’s winning streak snapped at eight

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.

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).