ALTOONA, PA – The Altoona Curve pitchers retired 22 of the final 24 batters, defeating the Sea Dogs in the series opener, 6-2, on Tuesday night at Blair County Ballpark.

Wardell Starling earned his second win at home, hurling six innings on six hits and two runs. Tommy Hottovy had one bad inning, allowing all of his runs during Altoona’s four-run fifth. Hottovy worked five innings on seven hits, no walks and three strikeouts.

Portland led 1-0 just three batters into the game, as Jed Lowrie doubled witrh one out and scored on Jay Johnson’s double. In the second inning, the Sea Dogs (15-16) scored the game’s second run when Andrew Pinckney hit into a double play to score Dusty Brown.

Altoona added two runs off Jackson in the eighth to extend their lead to 6-2. Portland started a 10-game road trip with their eight loss of the season.

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