ALTOONA, Pa. -- Hunter Owen hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Altoona Curve the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4-3 in Eastern League playon Saturday night, the first time New Hampshire has lost to the Curve in five games this season.
Owen's moment came with a runner on first and no outs in the bottom of the ninth. Logan Hill had singled to start the inning, which set up the league-best 12th blast from the Curve outfielder.
New Hampshire had been held scoreless until the seventh, when it overcame a 2-0 deficit to lead 3-2. Christian Williams and Kevin Smith started the inning with consecutive walks but back-to-back outs followed. Up stepped Forrest Wall with a 12-game hitting streak on the line. The Orlando, Fla., native rapped a single to left to extend his streak to a season-high 13 games and put the go-ahead run on base.
Santiago Espinal followed with a ground ball to the right side that made the outfield grass but was knocked down by second baseman Alfredo Reyes. Reyes got up, located the ball and realized the tying run was headed toward home. His throw to the plate went wide, rolled to the backstop and allowed Wall to scamper to the plate to give the Fisher Cats a 3-2 advantage.
An unearned run in the first gave Altoona the early lead and a two-out single by Owen in the sixth had made it 2-0 Curve.
The teams complete their weekend series Sunday at 2 p.m.