Bowie Baysox pitcher Brain Falkenborg has received limited run support from his teammates all season, and yesterday was no exception. Bowie failed to record either a hit or a run in his 5 1/3 innings and lost, 5-3, to the Altoona Curve at Prince George's Stadium.

Falkenborg, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound right-hander, struck out five of the first six batters he faced but then suffered control problems, giving up four hits, three walks and two runs. Bowie scored seven runs in Falkenborg's previous five losses. "I had good stuff early in the game," he said. "I made one mistake [giving up an RBI single to shortstop Luis Figueroa], but my arm felt fine."

Maximo Heredia (6-4) relieved Falkenborg in the fifth and gave up a long two-run homer to third baseman Jonathan Sweet in the sixth.

Since returning from a 10-week rehabilitation assignment in Sarasota, Fla. -- the second consecutive season he has needed such a stint for his sore elbow -- Falkenborg has started three times without a decision. Overall, however, he has been pleased with his progress this season. "I've got some mechanical stuff to work on, and I'm still weak physically, but it takes time," said Falkenborg, 21.

Altoona starter Brian O'Connor held the Baysox hitless through his five-plus innings, but walked seven. Bowie got its first hit in the sixth, when center fielder Luis Matos beat out an infield grounder.