Harrisburg Senators Top Curve, 2-1

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Altoona Curve saw a season-best three-game winning streak come to an end as the offense had no answer against the Harrisburg Senators in 2-1 loss on Tuesday night at FNB Field.

Harrisburg scored its two runs in the bottom of the first inning against Clay Holmes (Loss, 0-2) on a two-run home run from Kevin Keyes, scoring the their only runs of the night.

Jose Osuna crushed his second home run of the season into the right-field seats against Juan Gutierrez to lead off the ninth inning, but Gutierrez (Save, 2) settled down and worked around a two-out walk to Stetson Allie to strikeout the side in the ninth.

Despite allowing the two first-inning runs, Holmes turned in a strong five innings, scattering seven hits while walking two and striking out three.

Altoona had difficulties touching up John Simms (Win, 2-0) in his second start of the season against the Curve. Despite allowing five hits to the Curve offense, Simms tossed six scoreless innings and struck out five.

Dovydas Neveraskas had his best performance to this point in 2016, tossing two perfect frames, including striking out four batters in a row and striking out the side in the seventh inning.

Osuna and Edwin Espinal led the offensive charge for the Curve, each collecting two hits, but Altoona stranded six men on base and went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Altoona and Harrisburg will bring the three-game series to a close on Wednesday at 12 p.m. Right-hander Tyler Eppler (1-0, 2.25) aims for his second win of the year, while Harrisburg will send righty Tyler Mapes (2-0, 3.27) to the hill.

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