MANCHESTER, N.H. — The New Hampshire Fisher Cats made it two straight wins in the series, beating the Portland Sea Dogs 7-4 Friday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Portland has lost seven straight road games, but still holds the best record in the Eastern League (63-36).
New Hampshire’s Matt Boyd (1-3) earned his first Double-A win, working six strong innings on five hits and three runs. Gregory Infante made it 13-for-13 in save chances, fanning Shannon Wilkerson, with two on, to end the game.
Portland’s Jeremy Kehrt (1-2), who made his second straight start against New Hampshire (46-52), took the loss. Kehrt gave up seven runs over four innings, and tied a career-high with three homers allowed.
The Fisher Cats jumped on Kehrt in their first turn, scoring four two-out runs. Kevin Nolan doubled home the first run and scored on a single by Andy Burns. K.C. Hobson nailed a line drive, two-homer to right field, his fourth of the year.
Kehrt yielded solo homers to Dalton Pompey in the second and Andy Burns in the third.
New Hampshire would score in its first four innings, taking a commanding 7-1 lead.
Portland’s first run came on a strange play in the fourth. Derrik Gibson led off with a single and took second base on a groundout. Blake Swihart flied out to left field, but Michael Crouse thought it was the third out, and Gibson scored from second.
The Sea Dogs added two runs off Boyd in the fifth inning. Michael Almanzar began the frame with a double and scored on a two-bagger by David Chester. With two outs, Gibson nailed an RBI single to right.
Right-hander Blake McFarland relieved Boyd in the seventh inning and allowed a run-scoring single to Ryan Dent. McFarland worked two innings and earned his second hold of the season.
Gibson finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, improving his average to .321.
Portland’s bullpen fired four scoreless innings on two hits and six strikeouts. Pete Ruiz tossed three innings and tied a season-high with five strikeouts. Aaron Kurcz pitched a scoreless eighth.