Altoona's Kory DeHaan hit a two-run homer, and the Curve took advantage of four Bowie errors to record a 5-3 victory over the Baysox in a Class AA Eastern League game last night before 6,605 at Prince George's Stadium.

The loss further damaged Bowie's fading playoff hopes. Harrisburg holds on to second place in the Southern Division, its final playoff spot, and reduced its magic number to six with an 11-3 win over Reading.

Three of the four errors by Bowie (68-63) led to runs for Altoona (64-67). The Baysox made two errors in the first and two more in the fifth, and the Curve scored in each inning.

The loss also wasted a strong effort from the Baysox bullpen. Mario Iglesias (1-4) made his first start of the season but lasted only three innings, giving up four runs on four hits. However, Josh McNatt allowed just one hit in four innings in his Bowie debut, while Terry Rosenkranz gave up only one hit in two innings, keeping the Baysox close.

But Bowie trailed from the beginning, thanks to the miscues. Tike Redman walked, stole second and later scored on first baseman Rick Short's error to give the Curve a 1-0 lead in the first. Redman added an RBI single in the second and scored on DeHaan's homer for a 4-0 Altoona lead.

Carlos Casimiro singled and scored on Cesar Devarez's groundout to make it 4-1 in the second. Another Short error in the fifth helped Altoona score for a 5-1 lead. However, Devarez sliced the deficit to 5-3 with a two-run double to deep center in the sixth.

Altoona starter Aaron France (4-3) allowed just one run on four hits in five innings. Bowie outfielder Wady Almonte had his 13-game hitting streak end with an 0-for-3 night.

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