HARRISBURG — The Altoona Curve came back to beat the Harrisburg Senators 9-8 Sunday afternoon in front of 7, 436 fans at FNB Field, the 11th largest crowd in Senators history. The Senators held an 8-3 lead in the ninth inning but Altoona rallied for six runs to salvage a game in the three-game set.
The Senators scored quickly with a pair of runs in the first against Altoona starter Taylor Hearn. The rally started when Khayyan Norfork singled and Dan Gamache walked with one out. The next batter, Taylor Gushue, lined an RBI single to score the first run and one batter later, Austin Davidson singled to left to plate the second run of the frame.
After Senators starter Jefry Rodriguez tossed back-to-back scoreless frames to begin the ballgame, Altoona got on the board with a run in the third on a run-scoring fielder’s choice by Cole Tucker.
That was the only run Rodriguez allowed along with just two hits in six innings as the right-hander worked his fourth consecutive quality start. Senators starting pitchers combined to allow just two runs on six hits in 20 innings over the three game series.
The Senators expanded the lead with a six-run, ten-batter fifth. With runners at first and second, Dan Gamache launched a double to the center field fence to score a pair of runs. After a Taylor Gushue walk put two runners on base, Davidson hit an opposite field three-run home run to left. Osvaldo Abreu finished the scoring with an RBI double to give the Senators an 8-1 lead.
Davidson led the Senators offense, finishing 2-4 with the home run and four RBI, one shy of a Senators season-high.