READING, Pa. — Deven Marrero led off the ninth inning with a solo-homer, snapping a 3-3 tie, and giving the Portland Sea Dogs a 4-3 win over the Reading Fightin Phils on Saturday night at First Energy Stadium.
Portland (53-26) socked a season-high four solo-homers, and has won the first three games of the series.
Aaron Kurcz (2-1) stranded two runners in the ninth inning to secure his second win of the season. Kurcz pitched two innings on one hit and two strikeouts.
Reading left-hander Adam Loewen yielded three home runs, but worked 7.2 innings on four hits and three runs. David Chester, Derrik Gibson and Sean Coyle hit the solo-shots between innings two through four.
Reading tied the game at three in the sixth inning off Mike Augliera . Carlos Alonso drew a leadoff walk and scored on a triple by Peter Lavin. Kelly Dugan knocked home the second run with a groundout and Aaron Altherr hit a solo-homer. Augliera yielded six hits and three runs over seven frames.
Seth Rosin (1-2) took the loss, allowing the go-ahead homer to Marrero in the ninth.
Portland has won nine of 13 from the Fightin Phils this season, and improved to 42-20 against the Eastern Division. Reading (33-44) has lost 11 straight and 20 of its last 25 games