CURVE, Pa. - The Curve used a six-run fourth inning and a solid start from Aaron Poreda (1-0) to put themselves past the Akron Aeros, 6-1, on Tuesday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Elevys Gonzalez capped the six-run fourth with his first home run in Double-A, which was a three-run laser to left.
Aeros starter Eric Berger (0-1) seemed in control early on as he set down the first five batters by way of the strikeout. He actually faced just one over the minimum through the first three innings before Altoona went to work in the fourth. It began when Jarek Cunningham drew a one-out walk off the southpaw and Tony Sanchez battled to bloop a single over the head of third baseman Kyle Bellows.
With Sanchez at first and Cunningham at third, Andrew Lambo drove in the game's first run with a single through the right side that plated Cunningham. After a Ramon Cabrera single to right loaded the bases, Matt Curry dropped a laser into right center to score Sanchez and Lambo and place the Curve out in front, 3-0. Quincy Latimore was retired on a fly out for the second out of the inning but Gonzalez then blasted the three-run homer that put the game out of reach.
Poreda, who was making his Curve debut and just his third start since the beginning of 2010, worked around five walks to allow one unearned run across his five innings. He surrendered just three hits and also struck out a pair before turning it over to the bullpen, which was fantastic once again.
Kris Johnson pitched the first two frames and did not surrender a run while fanning one. Tim Alderson would close the door as he pitched the final two innings of the night and surrendered one hit while striking out one.
Gonzalez and Cabrera each had multi-hit games in the win for the Curve.
--Curve Media Relations--