The Curve (36-36) have now won two of the first three games in the four-game series at Reading and will look to win the set in the Monday's 9:35 a.m. series finale.
Herrera, who earned just one win over his first 12 starts, shook off a two-run bottom of the first inning and tossed scoreless baseball over his final four frames before turning the game over to the Curve bullpen in the sixth. In five innings, the 26-year old Cuban allowed two runs on six hits, walked one and struck out five to match a season high. Herrera improved to 2-5 on the season with the win.
Altoona led the entire game, starting with Boeve's first-inning, three-run double off all-time Curve wins leader and eventual losing pitcher Landon Jacobsen (6-5). Brandon Chaves, Steven Pearce and Neil Walker each scored to give the Curve a 3-0 lead. Altoona's other two runs came home on a Jason Bowers RBI groundout in the fourth inning and an eighth-inning wild pitch.
The Phillies plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the first on RBI singles by Mike Costanzo and Randy Ruiz and cut a pair of two-run Altoona deficits in half in the seventh and eighth innings on solo home runs by Costanzo and Matt Padgett.
Matt Peterson entered a one-run game in the bottom of the eighth inning and retired all five batters he faced to earn his league-leading 16th save. The right-hander is nearly two weeks ahead of the pace set by Brandon Knight, when he set a franchise record with 27 saves during the 2006 season.
Josh Shortslef (2-6, 4.03) will get the starting nod for Monday's 9:35 a.m. contest against Reading lefty and Phillies' pitching prospect Matt Maloney (5-6, 3.99).
The Curve will return to Blair County Ballpark on Tuesday night to open an eight-game homestand. The Trenton Thunder (Yankees) and Bowie Baysox (Orioles) will each play a four-game set against the Curve during the eight-game stanza, which runs through July 3.