Wood Homers Twice as Curve Beat Richmond Move to .500

RICHMOND, Va. – Eric Wood homered twice as the Altoona Curve held off the Richmond Flying Squirrels for a 3-2 win on Thursday night in the series opener at The Diamond.

The Curve (17-17) evened their season record at .500 for the first time since the season began and have won six of the last seven games overall. It was the seventh consecutive loss for the Flying Squirrels (10-23).

After a sacrifice fly by Stetson Allie gave the Curve the lead in the second, Wood led off the third with his first homer of the night off of Richmond starter Andrew Suarez (Loss, 0-1). He clubbed his second longball of the night and fourth of the season in the top of the fifth the give the Curve a 3-0 lead.

Altoona starter Cody Dickson (Win, 2-2) allowed his only run in the bottom of the fifth as he matched a season-best with six strikeouts to earn his second straight win, surrendering just three hits in 5.2 innings.

Brett McKinney and Jhondaniel Medina bridged the gap to the ninth without allowing a run. Closer Montana DuRapau (Save, 7) allowed a run in the ninth, but left the tying run on base to remain perfect in save chances this season.

Wood clubbed multiple homers for the first time in his professional career and matched the Curve franchise record for most homers in a game with his two blasts. He finished the game with three hits and raised his average to .247 this season.

The Curve and Flying Squirrels continue the series on Friday night at The Diamond in Richmond. Right-hander Tyler Eppler (2-2, 2.97) will be on the mound for Altoona, opposed by Richmond righty Chase Johnson (1-3, 5.48). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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