PORTLAND, Maine- Juan Carlos Linares hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night to lift the Portland Sea Dogs to a 4-3 victory over the Binghamton Mets at Hadlock Field.
Binghamton (3-4) scored three unearned runs in the first inning off Portland starter Chris Hernandez (0-2). Matt Den Dekker doubled with one out and Juan Lagares reached out a fielding error by shortstop Derrik Gibson. With two outs, Eric Campbell blasted his first home run of the season over the Maine Monster to take a 3-0 lead.
New York Mets top prospect Zack Wheeler was on the mound for Binghamton. He held the Sea Dogs to one run on five hits in six innings of work. He recorded nine strikeouts and did not yield a walk.
Portland (2-7) was able to scratch its lone run against Wheeler in the sixth when Linares singled, Daniel Butler doubled and Linares scored on a sacrifice fly to right off the bat of Oscar Tejeda.
Portland pulled within one in the seventh when Bryce Brentz, the Red Sox 2011 Red Sox Minor League Co-Offensive Player of the Year, launched his first Double-A home run.
Kolbrin Vitek led off the eighth inning for Portland with a single and Linares followed with a two-run shot to left off Erik Turgeon (0-1) to give the Sea Dogs their first lead of the game, 4-3. The home run was the second in as many days for Linares, who now has three on the season.
Caleb Clay (1-1) was the winning pitcher, tossing two innings of no-hit relief.
Aaron Kurcz earned his first Double-A save, pitching a scoreless ninth.
The series will continue Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Righthander Billy Buckner (0-1, 9.00) will be on the mound for the Sea Dogs. He will be opposed by Binghamton lefty Dari Gorski (1-0, 0.00).