MANCHESTER, N.H. — Portland welcomed back Sean Coyle, who was activated from the disabled list before the game, and lifted the Sea Dogs to a 4-3 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Friday night in Eastern League baseball action.
In the 10th inning with two outs, Coyle nailed the game-winning RBI double with two outs at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
The Sea Dogs tied a season-high with six straight wins and have won 17 of their last 22 games.
Noe Ramirez (1-0) relieved Mike Augliera after seven innings and worked three hitless innings to earn his first win of the season. Ramirez worked around a lead walk in the ninth, the only baserunner he allowed.
Portland’s rally in the 10th began with a lead-off single from Travis Shaw off losing pitcher Richard Bleier (2-4). Randy Boone relieved Bleier with two outs, uncorked a wild pitch and allowed Coyle’s game-winning hit.
In Coyle’s first at-bat since April 28th, he led-off the second with a single and scored on Peter Hissey’s triple. Shannon Wilkerson gave the Sea Dogs a 2-0 lead with a sacrifice fly.
In the third, Portland took advantage of sloppy defense for its third run. With two outs, Henry Ramos and Blake Swihart each singled to put runners at the corners. Coyle reached on a bobble by third baseman Andy Burns to plate Ramos.
New Hampshire’s Ryan Schimpf blasted a solo-homer with two outs in the fourth inning, cutting the Sea Dogs lead to 3-1. The Fisher Cats tied the game at three in the fifth inning on a two-run triple by Kenny Wilson.
Portland starter Mike Augliera notched his fifth quality start of the season, working seven innings on five hits, three runs, one walk and three strikeouts. New Hampshire’s Casey Lawrence pitched 6 ⅔ innings on six hits and three runs (two earned).