NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — The Portland Sea Dogs broke a tie in the seventh and scored 10 runs over the final three innings for a 13-5 win over the New Britain Rock Cats Thursday afternoon at New Britain Stadium.
The Sea Dogs (23-14) picked up the 13 runs on a season-high 20 hits.
The game headed to the late innings tied at 3-3 between the two rivals, but the Sea Dogs blasted Adrian Salcedo and the bullpen for six runs in the inning and never looked back.
The rally began when Shannon Wilkerson singled to lead off the inning and scored on a two-run blast to center by Mookie Betts. The home run, Betts’ sixth of the season, put the Sea Dogs in front for good at 5-3 and the wheels continued to turn. Deven Marrero, Travis Shaw, and Carlos Rivero followed with three straight singles, which produced another run and made it 6-3.
Henry Ramos doubled home Shaw off of Salcedo (0-5) for the fourth run of the inning and ended the righty’s day on the mound. Cole Johnson was next from the pen and didn’t fair much better. He got the first man he faced, but gave up a run-scoring double to Heiker Meneses. Wilkerson singled for the second time in the inning and capped off the scoring as Meneses scored and made it 9-3 in favor of Portland.
The Rock Cats (16-21) responded with two more runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh against Matty Ott. Kennys Vargas hit a double off of the reliever that scored Brady Boyer from second and cut the deficit to 9-4.
Former Sea Dog Reynaldo Rodriguez knocked home the second run with a single to right that plated Nate Hanson and pulled New Britain to within four. Ott (1-1) battled back and stopped the inning with a 1-6-3 double play that killed the rally and ended the frame.
The offense for Portland wasn’t close to being done and plated another four runs in the ninth inning for the second time this week. Matt Spring began the rally with a walk. He and Gibson came around to score on a Wilkerson single that made it 11-5. Deven Marrero drove home a pair and delivered the final blow with a double, which made it 13-5.
Ott earned the win in relief with two innings in which he gave up two earned runs on four hits; he walked one and struck out one. Mike McCarthy finished up the Sea Dogs day on the mound with two scoreless frames.