The Aeros snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over visiting Altoona Thursday in the first game of a five-game series at Canal Park.
The Aeros got on the board first with a little two-out magic in the first innning against the Pittsburgh Pirates No. 2 prospect in right-hander James Taillon.
Aeros centerfielder Cedric Hunter singled to start the rally, then first baseman Jesus Aguilar followed with a single of his own. Right fielder Carlos Moncrief then doubled off the center field wall to give the Aeros a 1-0 lead.
The Aeros added to the lead with another run against Taillon in the second inning, a run aided by a hit batter and error on the Altoona shortstop.
Altoona had the bases loaded with two outs versus Aeros starter and right-handed reliever Toru Murata in the third inning, but came away empty handed when Murata get out of the jam with a pop up to preserve their shutout.
In six innings, Murata scattered five hits and limited the Curve to one run in the no-decision. Murata saw his consecutive scoreless innings streak come to a halt at 14 when Altoona broke up the shutout with a run in the sixth inning on right fielder Alex Dickerson’s run-scoring single and then tied the game on an unearned run in the seventh against Blake Wood.
Murata exited the game with the Aeros holding a 2-1 lead, handing the action over to a pair of major league rehabbers in right-handers Wood and Brett Myers.
Wood (Tommy John) gave up two hits and an unearned run in his inning, while Myers (right elbow sprain) walked one, struck out one and earned the win.
Taillon picked up a no-decision, despite limiting the Aeros to two runs on seven hits. He also struck out a season-low one batter.
But the Aeros re-took the lead in the eighth inning on third baseman’s Giovanny Urshela's RBI single that scored Aguilar, who reached on a walk.
Embattled Aeros reliever Trey Haley allowed a double and two walks to load the bases with two outs in the ninth inning. But a heads-up play by catcher Jake Lowery, who also threw out two runners, stepped on home plate for a game-ending force on a dribbler in front of the plate.