PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs had their 10-game win streak snapped with a 4-1 loss to the Reading Fightin Phils Tuesday night at Hadlock Field. The loss marked just the sixth in 20 games for the Sea Dogs (85-51) against the Fightin Phils (60-76) this season.
Reading jumped in front against Portland starter Eduardo Rodriguez in the seventh.
KC Serna picked up a single with two down to spark the rally. The shortstop then went first to third on Zach Collier’s single and scored on a Rodriguez slider, which bounced in the dirt for a wild pitch, making it 1-0 Reading.
Mike McCarthy took over in the eighth for the Sea Dogs and was greeted by an Albert Cartwright bunt, on which McCarthy threw the ball away and allowed the runner to go to second. A groundout pushed the runner to third and a sacrifice fly by Peter Lavin doubled the Reading lead to 2-0.
Rodriguez (5-8) worked the first seven innings and gave up the one run on seven hits; he did not walk a batter and struck out seven. Ryan O’Sullivan kept the Sea Dogs out of the run column for the first seven innings.
Colton Murray took over in the eighth and was greeted by a solo home run by Sean Coyle on the first pitch of the inning. His 15th blast landed barely fair over the Maine Monster and cut the Portland deficit to 2-1.
Reading responded against McCarthy with another run two runs in the top of the ninth. Aaron Altherr led off the inning with a double and scored two batters later on Serna’s single to right. Edgar Duran grounded into a 5-4 fielder’s choice and plated Serna from third, giving Reading a 4-1 lead.
O’Sullivan (6-8) worked the first seven in scoreless fashion and allowed six hits, walked one and struck out six. Murray gave up just the one run in his lone inning and Matt Hoffman earned his third save of the year with a perfect ninth.