Trailing 7-1 after one inning, the Curve chipped away at the Bowie lead and had the tying run at second base with one out in the top of the ninth inning before Baysox' closer James Hoey closed the door on the Altoona rally to earn his 12th save in as many opportunities
Munoz (5-2), who won each of his first five decisions, suffered his second consecutive loss, allowing seven runs on seven hits, including a pair of home runs, in retiring only two batters before giving way to reliever Alay Soler.
The seven-run frame was highlighted by an opposite-field, three-run homer by Jeff Fiorentino and a two-run shot by Bryan Bass.
The Baysox failed to score another run against Soler, Dave Davidson and Mike Nannini, giving the Curve offense an opportunity to get back into the game.
In the top of the third, Adam Boeve drew
The score stayed that way until the seventh, when Andrew McCutchen singled home a pair of runs against Baysox' reliever Rommie Lewis, cutting the deficit to 8-7.
In the top of the ninth, the Curve attempted to finish the comeback against Hoey, who entered his appearance having tossed 15 2/3 scoreless innings. The hard-throwing right-hander walked lead-off batter Brandon Chaves and hit Randy Ruiz with a pitch to put two men on with only one out. However, Hoey ended the threat by getting Matt Meath to pop up to third and striking out McCutchen to end the game.
The Curve will look to avoid their 10th straight
loss in the second game of the four-game series against