BOWIE, Maryland — Carson Blair snapped a tie with an RBI single during a three-run ninth inning, as the Portland Sea Dogs beat the Bowie Baysox 7-4 on Wednesday night at Prince George’s Stadium.
Blair’s game-winning RBI came in his Double-A debut as Portland’s designated hitter. The Argyle, Texas, native went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Shannon Wilkerson capped off the victory, nailing a two-run single with two outs off Jake Pettit.
Aaron Kurcz (3-2) worked 2 2/3 scoreless frames on one hit and three strikeouts to earn the win. Dayan Diaz pitched around a leadoff double in the ninth to secure his first save in the Red Sox system.
Julio DePaula (0-3) took the loss for Bowie, giving up three runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.
Kelly Johnson completed his Major League rehab assignment, going 0-for-3 with 2 walks and a run scored.
Bowie’s offense went to work right away, scoring in their first turn off Luis Diaz. Former Sea Dog Ronald Bermudez knocked in the first run with a sacrifice fly.
In the second, Bowie made it 2-0 a solo homer by Chris Marrero.
Portland rebounded by scoring three, two-out runs in the fourth off Eddie Gamboa. Keury De La Cruz and Blair started the rally with walks, and moved up on a wild pitch. Jonathan Roof tied the game with a single, and later scored the go-ahead run on a single by Mike Brenly.
Sean Coyle continued his terrific first season in Double-A, nailing an RBI single in the fifth to give Portland (74-44) a 4-2 lead. The ‘Dogs knocked Gamboa out of the game later in the inning. The knuckleballer gave up four hits, four runs, six walks, fanned five and threw four wild pitches over 4 1/3 innings.
Bowie (57-60) knocked Diaz out of the game in the sixth inning. Marrero drew a bases-loaded walk, the final batter faced by Diaz, who gave up four runs, five hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings. Kurcz allowed the game-tying run on a sac fly by Glynn Davis.
Portland clinched its first road-series win since the end of June in Reading, and reached 30 games over .500 for the fourth time this season.
The Sea Dogs and Baysox resume their three-game series with the finale, Thursday at 6:35 p.m. RHP Justin Haley (0-1, 1.50) is slated to go for Portland and will be matched against LHP Nick Additon (0-0, 0.00).