Paulino’s RBI hit lifts Curve

Carlos Paulino was the last position player left for the Curve to bat.

He was the last to bat.

Paulino delivered a bloop single over B-Mets second baseman Daniel Muno in the bottom of the 13th inning, propelling the Curve past Binghamton, 2-1, late Thursday night before 2,926 at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

“It was awesome,” Paulino said. “Coming from the bench, you have to be ready to hit. [Curve manager Carlos Garcia] gave me the trust to get a good swing so I just put it on.”

Adalberto Santos scored the winning run after a lead-off double in the 13th. He then advanced to third on a groundout by Gregory Polanco.

After the B-Mets intentionally walked one of the hottest hitters in July – Alex Dickerson – Paulino hit a bloop shot around 11:15 at night.

It’s the Curve’s second win in as many nights, and the Curve are now 4-1 in their last five. They have also won seven of their last eight.

“It’s good,” Paulino said of getting mobbed by his team after the win. “That’s the most amazing thing when you have your partners are going after you. It’s awesome.”

The B-Mets jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Wilfredo Tovar singled in Darrell Ceciliani.

The Curve then answered in the sixth inning when Santos scored on a sacrifice fly by Gregory Polanco. It would be seven innings before either team would score – the Curve in the 13th.

It was the first walk-off since Santos himself delivered a walk-off hit in a game against New Hampshire on June 18. It was just the third time this season the Curve have walked off.

Eliecer Navarro, who started for the Curve, spearheaded a 14-strikeout night. Navarro struck out nine in seven innings. Ryan Beckman added two, Quinton Miller added one and Jason Townsend struck out two in two innings.

Townsend got the win and is now 3-3.

Adam Kolarek got the loss, surrendering the run in the 13th after 2 1/3 innings pitched.

The Curve are now just five games under .500. The Curve also moved out of last place in the Western Division and trail leading-Harrisburg by 7 1/2 games.

The Curve will open up a three-game series with Akron tonight. Both teams are tied for fourth in the Western Division.

Game recap

Key player: 3B Adalberto Santos went 2-for-4, scoring both runs.

Key play: C Carlos Paulino hit a bloop single over the second baseman’s head to win it in the 13th.

Key stat: Thursday night’s game was the most innings played by the Curve this season.

How they scored

Top 4th: Ceciliani reached on a force out, scored on Tovar single (0-1).

Bottom 6th: Santos hit by a pitch, scored on Polanco sacrifice fly (1-1).

Bottom 13th: Santos doubled, scored on Paulino single (2-1).