Allie Homer, Three RBIs Lead Curve Past Richmond

CURVE, Pa. – Stetson Allie homered and drove in three runs for the Altoona Curve in a 4-3 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Saturday afternoon at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

The Curve (7-9) held off a late charge from the Flying Squirrels (6-11), who chipped away at the Altoona lead with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

Richmond (6-11) scored in the top of the seventh inning against Altoona reliever Jared Lakind on a RBI from Ricky Oropesa to score Tyler Horan, and again in the eighth against Jhondaniel Medina on Matt Winn’s second home run in as many days, but Montana DuRapau (Save, 4) tossed a perfect top of the ninth inning to clinch the win for Altoona (7-9). DuRapau has converted all four of his save opportunities to begin 2016.

Stetson Allie drove a two-run home run in the sixth, his second of the season, to give the Curve a 4-1 lead. Allie also drove in the first run of the game for Altoona in the fourth inning, scoring Erich Weiss on a fielder’s choice, which tied the game 1-1.

The Curve took a lead in the third inning when Allie scored on a RBI single by Jin-De Jhang, and did not trail for the rest of the game.

Altoona starter Jason Creasy (Win, 3-0) collected his third straight win, going six innings for the second time this season. The North Carolinan struck out four and issued no walks for the second time this year, but did allow eight hits.

Matt Gage (Loss, 0-2) turned in six innings for Richmond, allowing four runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out two. Dan Slania and Dave Smith combined to throw two perfect innings for the Flying Squirrels bullpen.

Barrett Barnes went 2-for-3 and is now 6-for-10 in the series.

Altoona and Richmond bring the four-game series to a close on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Clay Holmes (0-2, 5.40) will seek his first victory of the season, and the Curve will try to win their first series of 2016 against Squirrels righty Kyle Crick (1-1, 5.59).

First pitch at PNG Field is scheduled for 1 p.m. Let’s Move Blair County will be on hand, hosting a health fair. There will also be a youth clinic running from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with the players and coaches on the field, which is free for kids with a ticket to the game.

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