Spencer Davies

It was a cold night for everyone at Canal Park except for the Altoona Curve hitters, whose 15 hits helped earn a 9-4 Eastern League win and snap the RubberDucks’ four-game winning streak Monday night.

First baseman Josh Bell led the charge for the Curve, going 4-for-5 with four singles along with two RBI and two runs scored. Teammates Eric Wood and Sebastian Valle each drove in two runs for the Curve.

After giving up only two earned runs in his three previous outings, RubberDucks starter Shawn Morimando (1-2, 3.20) struggled mightily and was handed his second loss of the season. A left-hander, Morimando gave up a season-high five earned runs on six hits in just four innings. He walked three and struck out three.

“Just not commanding his stuff the way he has been,” RubberDucks manager Dave Wallace said. “A little up in the zone. His breaking ball didn’t quite have the bite on it that it’s had. There were fastballs that got up, and a good lineup like that makes you pay for it; but he’ll bounce back and be fine.”

Curve leadoff hitter Keon Broxton jumped on Morimando right away, smacking a double. After a sacrifice bunt got him to third, Bell brought Broxton home with an RBI single to give the Curve a 1-0 lead after the first inning.

The RubberDucks responded in the bottom of the first. Tyler Naquin continued his hot hitting with a leadoff single off right-hander Jason Creasy (2-0, 2.14). After Naquin stole second base and advanced to third on a groundout, Anthony Gallas hit a two-out, RBI single to drive him in and tie the score. It was Gallas’ third RBI single in the past two games.

“I just think I’m getting into situations with guys on third base,” Gallas said. “Maybe twice in Altoona or maybe opening night, but other than that I haven’t had it.

“The big thing is having Naquin back. He kind of balances our lineup for us. He’s on base at least twice when I’m up, so I just think that’s been a big help.”

Tony Wolters followed with an RBI triple to the right-field corner, scoring a hustling Gallas from first base to give the RubberDucks a 2-1 lead. Creasy walked the next two batters to load the bases, but got Jeremy Lucas to ground out to second and avoid further damage.

Both starters found their groove in the next two innings, but a four-run fourth inning by the Curve, highlighted by Sebastian Valle’s two-run double put the Curve back in front 5-2.

In the bottom half of the fifth inning, the RubberDucks cut the lead to 6-4 when Erik Gonzalez and Gallas knocked in Naquin and Todd Hankins. But that was all the offense the RubberDucks could muster.

“I think all year we’ve had some balls that have been crushed,” Wallace said. “On the other side too, I thought there were a couple balls last night that should’ve gone out, that I’ve seen go out before. They’re just not going anywhere now, but it is what it is. It’s April in Ohio.”

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