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Curve use big first inning to top Bowie

BOWIE, Md. — The Curve got beat up in the first three games of this week’s series against Bowie, then they punched back in the first inning Friday night.

Altoona erupted for five runs in the first and held on for a 6-4 victory over the Baysox at Prince Georges Stadium. It’s still early in the second half, but after losing the first three games by a combined score of 36-12, the Curve needed to show they could at least compete with the Baysox.

Andres Alvarez and Aaron Shackelford each had RBI doubles in the opening inning, then Matt Fraizer ripped a two-run single. Connor Scott tripled home the final run for a quick 5-0 lead.

Bowie answered with two runs in its half of the first and kept trying to fight back all night. But the Curve pitching staff was up to the challenge after getting battered the first three games of the series.

Kyle Nicolas went 3ª innings, allowing two runs, then J.C. Flowers (6-5) got the win after going 3• innings and giving up two runs.

Tyler Samaniego finished it off with two scoreless innings for his eighth save.

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