Curve offense quiet in defeat

PORTLAND, Maine — The Curve offense was held hitless the first five innings and continued to struggle the rest of the night in a shutout loss Saturday.

Portland held Altoona to four hits in a 3-0 win at Hadlock Field, dropping the Curve back to 1 ¢ games behind Akron for first place in the Western Division. The RubberDucks beat Harrisburg on Saturday, so Altoona remains 3 ¢ games ahead of the Senators for the division’s second playoff spot.

The Curve threatened in the sixth and seventh innings but couldn’t get on the board. Alfredo Reyes was thrown out at home in the sixth, and Altoona came up empty after putting runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh.

Cam Vieaux (8-4) allowed three runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings for the loss. Portland’s Matt Kent (9-8) shut out the Curve on two hits for 6 2/3 innings, striking out three and working around four walks.

Josh Taylor earned his sixth save for the Sea Dogs.

Stephen Alemais had two of Altoona’s four hits, while Bobby Dalbec had a pair of doubles for Portland.

The Curve and Sea Dogs wrap up their series this afternoon, then Altoona heads to Binghamton for two games before returning home Wednesday.

Game recap

Key player: 3B Bobby Dalbec went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs.

Key play: Portland scored two runs in the sixth inning for a 3-0 lead.

Key stat: The Curve fell to 1¢ games behind first-place Akron.

How they scored

Bottom 2nd: Dalbec doubled, scored on Mars single (0-1).

Bottom 6th: Chavis singled, scored on Dalbec double (0-2); Betts double scored Dalbec (0-3).