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Curve pick up victory

The Curve have only three home games left, and thanks to a strong overall performance Thursday night, the club still has a chance to post a winning record at home for the season.

Altoona scored four runs in the first inning and played well in all facets for an 8-3 win over Erie at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

The Curve are now 26-28 at home, with three games to go. They’ll have to win all three to avoid having a losing record at home for just the seventh time in franchise history. These are the other six seasons with losing home records:

n 1999: 33-36

n 2008: 33-38

n 2009: 31-40

n 2011: 34-38

n 2013: 33-38

n 2014: 34-36

“We’ve been going through some challenges here at home,” Curve manager Miguel Perez said.

“It would be great to finish strong here,” he added, “for us and for the fans that are always there for the support the whole year.”

The Curve also moved one game above .500 Thursday, so that is something else the team has to play for the rest of the way.

Clean game

The Curve scored four runs in the first inning Thursday, recorded 10 hits, got good pitching throughout and had one error.

The club has been scuffling of late, with a 9-19 record over the previous 28 games prior to Thursday, so Perez said it was nice to see everything come together for his team.

“It’s real good,” the manager said. “The whole package was there today.

“It rained (Wednesday), it rained today, we didn’t do much on the field,” Perez added. “So guys went out and they were aggressive. You could tell the high energy it was from the get-go.”

Stats and stuff

Jack Suwinski had a two-run single, followed by Daniel Amaral’s two-run double for a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning.

Curve starter Omar Cruz (3-4) took advantage of the early support and had a solid outing, giving up two runs on just three hits over five innings for the win.

Garrett Hill (2-1) took the loss for Erie.

Suwinski went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Ji-hwan Bae finished 3-for-4 with a run.

Oneil Cruz went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI from the top of the batting order.

“From the hitting standpoint, Cruz, whenever he gets on base, it’s a game changer,” Perez said.

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