Charlie Morton (1-0) pitched six solid innings in his second rehab start for the Curve to lead them to a 3-1 victory over the Erie SeaWolves on Sunday afternoon at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The Curve avoided being swept for the first time this season with the win.
Morton turned in one of the most efficient outings by any Curve pitcher this season, needing just 70 pitches to get through six innings. The right-hander threw more than 12 pitches in a frame just once – in the second inning.
The Altoona offense tallied a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first. Matt Curry started the rally with a two-out single before Andrew Lambo followed with a walk. Oscar Tejeda delivered a two-run double to left-center to bring both Curry and Lambo home.
Erie picked up its only run in the top half of the second inning. Tyler Collins doubled and scored on a James Robbins single that cut the Curve lead to 2-1. Morton got Corey Jones to pop out to short and then coaxed a double-play grounder from Luis Castillo to maintain the lead.
Jhonathan Ramos relieved Morton in the seventh and was just as effective.
The left-hander tossed 12⁄3 scoreless innings in his first appearance in Double-A this season.
Ramos got into a two-out bases loaded jam in the top half of the eighth inning and was lifted for Tim Alderson.
Alderson got Wade Gaynor to foul out to catcher Charlie Cutler to maintain the narrow lead.
Andy Vasquez added insurance with a line-drive home run over the right-field fence in the bottom of the eighth. The home run was the second of the season for Vasquez, who also extended his hitting streak to seven-games with a single in the second inning.
Alderson followed his work in the eighth by working a perfect ninth inning to earn his first save of the season.
Patrick Cooper (0-2) took the loss for the SeaWolves.
The right-hander turned in his longest outing of the season, working 62⁄3 innings while allowing five hits and just a pair of runs.