PORTLAND, ME- Brian Peterson broke a 1-1 deadlock with a go-ahead, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning and the Curve went on to finish off a series-opening 6-1 win over the Portland Sea Dogs Tuesday evening at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine.
opened the Curve's longest road swing of the season -- an 11-day,
nine-game trip to
Tied 1-1 entering the ninth, Portland reliever Hunter Jones (2-1) retired the first two hitters in the frame before allowing a two-out single to Jason Delaney and issuing a walk to Andrew McCutchen. Pinch-runner Brandon Chaves and McCutchen stole third and second base, respectively, which was followed by an intentional walk of pinch-hitter Taber Lee to set the stage for Peterson's flare to center, which knocked in both Chaves and McCutchen.
Javier Guzman helped cap a five-run Curve ninth with a two-run triple to center, and then scored when a relay throw from the Portland outfield got away from third baseman Andrew Pinckney.
Chris Hernandez (4-1) overshadowed a solid start from Yoslan Herrera to earn the
The Curve's scored their first run of the game in the sixth inning, when Neil Walker knocked in Jason Bowers with a single to right.
The Curve managed only six hits in the win, but got two-hit efforts from Delaney and Guzman to the offense. McCutchen's ninth-inning walk extended his current team-high on-base streak to 12 straight games.
The Curve and
Sea Dogs will continue their series Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.
Right-hander Kip Bouknight (10-3,
3.54) will make the start for