The Curve figure it out

From Mirror reports

AKRON, Ohio – The Curve had lost to Akron nine straight times entering Sunday but finally found a way to squeak past the RubberDucks.

Alen Hanson and Mel Rojas Jr. hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, and Altoona had control the rest of the game in a 7-4 win at Canal Park. The Curve salvaged the finale of a four-game series and ended the longest losing streak against one team in franchise history.

Hanson, the second batter of the game, homered to center on the first pitch he saw. Two pitches later, Rojas belted a homer to right-center. The Curve added a run in the third and scored three times in the fourth for a 6-0 lead.

Hanson had the big hit of the fourth inning, as well, with a two-run double that scored Ralph Henriquez and Gift Ngoepe, who also had an RBI single in the frame.

Stetson Allie broke out of his slump by going 3-for-5, including an RBI single in the third. He had only three hits in his previous 36 at-bats over the past 10 games.

Curve starter A.J. Morris came in with a 1.11 ERA, leading the Eastern League, and he still sits atop the leaderboard despite giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings. Morris’ ERA rose to 1.80 after he gave up five hits and five walks to go along with four strikeouts.

The Curve led, 6-1, before Akron rallied to close within 7-4. The RubberDucks got no closer, though, and Quinton Miller finished it off in the ninth to earn his first save.

Akron starter Will Roberts (4-3) took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Rojas, Justin Howard and Jarek Cunningham had two hits for the Curve. Cunningham, who has hit in the .215 range for two seasons with Altoona, is now up to .242 after his 2-for-4 Sunday.

The Curve returned home Sunday after the game and have tonight off before heading to Binghamton on Tuesday. Their next homestand begins Friday against Richmond.

Game recap

Key player: SS Alen Hanson went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs for the Curve.

Key play: Hanson and CF Mel Rojas Jr. hit back-to-back homers in the first inning for an early lead,

Key stat: The Curve snapped their nine-game losing streak against Akron.

How they scored

Top 1st: Hanson solo homer (1-0); Rojas Jr. solo homer (2-0).

Top 3rd: Rojas reached on Valerio error, scored on Allie single (3-0).

Top 4th: Cunningham singled, scored on Ngoepe singled (4-0); Henriquez reached on fielder’s choice, scored along with Ngoepe on Hanson double (6-0).

Bottom 4th: Wendle solo homer (6-1).

Bottom 6th: Wendle reached on fielder’s choice, scored on Smith groundout (6-2); Rodriguez double scored Smith (6-3).

Top 7th: Curry reached on fielder’s choice, scored on Howard single (7-3).

Bottom 7th: Naquin singled, scored on LaHair groundout (7-4).