PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs were held to just one hit through the first five innings, but scored six runs in the sixth and beat the Binghamton Mets 9-4 Monday night at Hadlock Field.
Binghamton’s Greg Peavey had allowed just one hit, and retired 10 straight Sea Dogs, but was greeted by a leadoff double off the bat of Mookie Betts in the sixth. Deven Marrero and Travis Shaw worked walks against the righty before Carlos Rivero hit a sacrifice fly that brought home Betts, pulled the Dogs to within one at 4-3, and ended the night for Peavey (0-1).
Stefan Welch greeted reliever Adam Kolarek with a shot to the wall in left-center field that scored Marrero and Shaw, which gave Portland the lead for good at 5-4.
The inning continued against Kolarek with RBI singles from Blake Swihart and Sean Coyle. Peter Hissey capped off the six-run inning with an RBI infield single to second that scored Coyle and made it 8-4 Sea Dogs.
Robby Scott took the lead and cruised through the seventh inning in perfect fashion, his second in a row. Scott (1-0) gave up a one-out single to Matt Clark in the eighth, that broke up a personal stretch of 20 hitters in a row. Miguel Celestino took over in the eighth and finished the game without yielding a run.
The final Portland run came courtesy of a Betts single in the eighth that plated Coyle.
Henry Owens took the hill for Portland in his first home start of the young season and started sharply with two and two-third more scoreless innings.
Owens was staked an early 2-0 lead courtesy of a Coyle two-run, Maine Monster shot in the second inning.
Binghamton battled back with two down in the third to take a 4-2 lead.
Kyle Johnson worked a walk to begin the rally and was brought home on a mammoth two-run home run off the bat of veteran infielder Brian Burgamy, his fourth of the year. After a double to Kevin Plawecki, it was Matt Clark, another veteran, who put one over the wall in right-center for a two-run shot that gave Binghamton the lead.
Owens regrouped and finished five innings. He allowed four runs, all earned, on six hits, he walked three and struck out four. Scott earned the win in relief with 2 ⅓ scoreless and three strikeouts.
The Sea Dogs continue the homestand at 6 p.m. Tuesday against the Mets.