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Wolves get last laugh

ERIE — Two of the Northeast League’s best teams battled it out in a close series all last week, and the six-game set between the Curve and Erie ended in a tie.

The SeaWolves took control early in Sunday’s series finale and held on for a 6-4 win at UPMC Park. Erie scored twice in the second inning and added two more runs in the third for an early cushion and held off Altoona’s rally attempt.

Early deficit

The Curve scored a pair of runs in the opening inning, getting a two-run homer from Rodolfo Castro, his team-leading ninth of the season. He’s also batting .316.

But Erie tagged Curve starter Jeff Passantino (1-3) for four runs in the first three innings, touching up the pitcher for seven hits. Spencer Torkelson cracked a solo homer in the third off Passantino.

Joe Jimenez smacked a solo homer in the fifth to pull the Curve within 4-3.

The SeaWolves tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh, though, for a bigger cushion.

Stats and stuff

Canaan Smith-Njigba went 4-for-4 for the Curve, including a double and two runs, to raise his average to .289.

Cal Mitchell added two hits for Altoona.

Erie starter A.J. Ladwig (2-2) picked up the win, giving up three runs on six hits over five innings. Chavez Fernandez tossed the final two innings and allowed one run but earned his second save.

Saturday recap

The Curve won a slugfest Saturday night, 8-7, behind big games from Mason Martin and Castro.

Martin hit his eighth home run, a two-run shot, and went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs.

Castro was 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs, while Oneil Cruz and Cal Mitchell added three hits apiece.

Cam Vieaux (2-1) won in relief for Altoona, and Hunter Stratton earned his fifth save. Max Green (1-2) took the loss for Erie.

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