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Curve fall to under .500

READING — Not long ago, the Curve were playing well and talking about being in meaningful games late in the season as part of a playoff push.

Now, the only goal the team has left is trying to finish above .500, and it looks like that could be tough.

Altoona dropped below .500 on Friday with a 7-2 win at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Fightin Phils erased an early two-run deficit by scoring five runs in the fifth inning, capped by a go-ahead three-run bomb from Alec Bohm.

Altoona got an RBI single from Jared Oliva in the fourth and solo homer from Robbie Glendinning in the fifth to go up 2-0. But that’s all the offense the Curve could generate as they finished with just five hits.

Altoona is now 55-56 overall, dipping below the break-even mark for the first time since it was 29-30 on June 8. The Curve had the best overall record in the Western Division at 49-39 on July 13, but the club has gone just 7-17 since then.

Cody Bolton (1-2) had a shutout through four innings before having his final line get roughed up by the five-run fifth. He allowed all five runs on five hits while striking out five and walking two.

David Parkinson (8-7) won for the Fightin Phils, giving up two runs on four hits in five innings. Grant Dyer pitched the final two innings and got a save.

Reading added two more runs in the eighth, one on a bases-loaded walk and the other scoring on a wild pitch.

The Curve wrap up the series and road trip this evening, then return home Monday for a week-long homestand.

Game recap

Key player: 3B Alex Bohm went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer for Reading.

Key play: Bohm’s bomb snapped a 2-2 tie and capped a five-run fifth inning.

Key stat: The Curve have dropped below .500 for the first time since June 8.

How they scored

Top 4th: Sweeney doubled, scored on Oliva single (1-0).

Top 5th: Glendinning solo homer (2-0).

Bottom 5th: Conley solo homer (2-1); Mayer walked, scored on Moniak single (2-2); Williams singled, scored along with Moniak on Bohm three-run homer (2-5).

Bottom 8th: Bohm singled, scored on Gamboa bases-loaded walk (2-6); Hall walked, scored on German wild pitch (2-7).

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