Major leaguer Trachsel downs Curve 2-1

New York Mets’ right-hander Steve Trachsel pitched 5 2/3 innings of three-hit ball and collected two hits of his own in leading Binghamton past the Altoona Curve, 2-1 Tuesday at NYSEG Stadium.
A solid crowd of 4,216 turned out to watch the major league hurler try to work his way back to the big club. Trachsel (1-0), rehabilitating a strained right trapezius muscle with Binghamton (47-46), allowed just one unearned run in picking up the win. He showed a little rust in walking four, but he also fanned five.
At the plate, Trachsel ignited a two-run rally in the third with a one-out single off Curve right-hander Ben Shaffar (6-7). Jose Reyes, the Mets’ top position player prospect, knocked Trachsel in with a triple to right center to tie the game, 1-1. Reyes trotted home with what proved to be the winning run on a double by Esix Snead.
Shaffar settled down after the B-Mets’ flurry and worked six innings on a yield of two runs and six hits. He walked one and fanned three in taking a tough defeat.
Altoona (46-47) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on an unearned run. Trachsel dropped a feed from first baseman Aaron McNeal on a grounder and Shawn Garrett reached on the error. Curve newcomer Joe Caruso, a Lock Haven native, laid down a bunt single to push Garrett into scoring position. Both runners moved up on a ground out by J.J. Davis.
Dan Meier, who drove in Altoona’s only run in a 6-1 loss to the B-Mets Monday, plated Garrett with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Curve mounted a bases-loaded threat against Trachsel in the third, but the big-league veteran fanned Davis to end the frame.
Andy Cook and Eric Cammack (third save) combined to pitch 3 1/3 hitless innings in relief of Trachsel.
Altoona has lost seven of its last eight and is 3-10 in July. The Curve has scored one run or less in four of the six games it has played on the current road trip.
Game three of the set at NYSEG Stadium is Wednesday at 7 p.m. Curve lefty Adrian Burnside (4-7, 5.00) will duel with Binghamton right-hander Jake Joseph (3-3, 3.59).