Courtesy: Erie SeaWolves
The SeaWolves battled from down three runs late to win their second straight over the Altoona Curve, 6-5, on Sunday afternoon at Jerry Uht Park.
Erie struck for a run in the last of the second against Curve starter Adrian Sampson. Steven Moya doubled with one out and scored on an Aaron Westlake base knock for a 1-0 lead.
Altoona tied the game in the top of the third against Erie starter Tommy Collier. Kawika Emsley-Pai walked with one out and moved into scoring position on a two-out Alan Hanson walk. Mel Rojas, Jr. singled home Emsley-Pai, tying the game.
The Curve grabbed a lead in the top of the fourth when Steton Allie belted a solo home run to straight away center making it a 2-1 game.
Erie responded in the bottom of the fifth. Corey Jones singled with one out and moved into scoring position on a Dixon Machado base hit. Jamie Johnson walked, loading the bases for Devon Travis who grounded out, plating Jones, tying the game.
Altoona regained the lead in the top of the sixth. Rojas, Jr. doubled with one out and Allie belted his second home run of the game with two outs for a 4-2 Curve advantage. Andy Vasquez followed with a walk, stole second and scored on a Willy Garia knock for a three-run Curve lead.
The ‘Wolves chipped away at the lead in the seventh against Altoona reliever Matt Benedict. Jones and Machado each singled to bring the tying run to the plate. Johnson doubled home Jones making it 5-3. Machado scored on a Travis sacrifice fly to right, cutting the Curve lead down to a run.
Erie completed the comeback in the last of the eighth. Moya led off the inning with his second triple of the season and Westlake walked putting runners on the corners for Dean Green. Green singled through the right side, scoring Moya, tying the game. With the bases loaded, Machado singled home Westlake, giving Erie a 6-5 lead.
Ryan Robowski (2-0) earned the win tossing to scoreless innings in relief with three strikeouts.
Collier took a no-decision allowing five runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.
Erie has won back-to-back home games for the first time since April 11-12.