Soto with Three Hits; Sens Lose 9-3

Altoona takes game one of five-game series

Alex McRae had his best outing since joining the Altoona Curve as he shut down the Senators Thursday night in a 9-3 Curve win. The Sens managed eight hits but could only cross the plate once in the loss. Neftali Soto had three hits in the game and drove in the Senators only run.  Altoona is now a season-high 13 games over .500 at 51-38 while the Senators drop four games behind the Curve and are 47-42.

Altoona plated three unearned runs in the first inning and were never threatened in the game. They tacked on a run in the third, three more in the fifth and their final two in the eighth. Boone Whiting started and took the loss. He left the game after taking a line drive off his lower right leg in the fifth inning.

Fresh off his appearance at the All-Star Game, Neftali Soto had three hits in the losing effort. (Will Bentzel/MiLB.com)

Fresh off his appearance at the All-Star Game, Neftali Soto had three hits in the losing effort. (Will Bentzel/MiLB.com)

Harrisburg scored their first run in the sixth inning on a double by Andrew Stevenson and a single by Neftali Soto. It looked like the Sens would have other chances but a couple of pick-offs and a double-play killed three potential rallies. Trailing 9-1 in the ninth, Stephen Perez doubled in two runs for the final tallies in the game.

Rafael Bautista had two hits in the game.

Derek Self and Nick Lee followed Whiting, combining to pitch the final four innings.

The Senators and Altoona Curve play two games Friday evening beginning at 5:00 p.m. The games can be heard on Fox Sports 1460 AM, on the internet at senatorsbaseball.com, or through the TuneIn and iHeart Radio apps with The Matt LeCroy Show beginning the radio broadcast at 4:45 p.m.

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