It was a see-saw affair on Monday night as the Curve held leads of 2-0, 3-1, 8-5 and then finally 9-8 after Brown's first home run in the bottom half of the seventh. His homer broke an 8-8 tie that resulted after Akron's Thomas Neal hit a three-run homer off Mike Colla (3-4) to tie the game. Brown's homer wasn't the only run scored in the seventh as the Curve bats went back to work with two down off Kyle Landis (4-3).
Stefan Welch, who went 3-for-4 on the evening, found his third hit of the game to start the rally and then stole second before Quincy Latimore drove him in to make it 10-8 Curve. With Latimore at second, Charlie Cutler got in on the hit parade and singled back through the middle to bring Latimore home for a three-run Curve lead. Jeremy Farrell followed suit and singled into center to put runners at first and second.
Evan Chambers laced a double into the left-field corner that scored Cutler from second and Farrell tried to score as well but was thrown out at the plate. When the dust settled, the Curve led, 12-8.
Jeff Inman tiptoed around three singles to leadoff Akron's half of the eighth before he induced a 1-2-3 double play for the inning's first two outs. The Stanford product got the inning's final out on a groundout from Chun Chen and sent the game to the bottom half where Brown hit his second homer of the night and his career.
Altoona's 13 runs wrapped up a potent offensive homestand as they scored 53 runs the seven game series for an average of better than 7.5 runs per game. Before he was ejected, Holt found a hit in his first at bat to run his consecutive games on base streak to 21 games. Welch and Brown were a part of a trio of Curve players to record three hits as Cutler was also a part of the three-hit crew. Altoona's five through nine hitters drove in nine of the team's 13 runs on Monday night.
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