PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs used a five-run third inning and a solid start from Luis Diaz on Wednesday night to take their series finale over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7-3 in front of a sold-out crowd at Hadlock Field.
Trailing 2-0 entering the third, Tim Roberson put Portland on the board with an RBI double to halve the Fisher Cats’ lead. After Oscar Tejeda walked to load the bases, Dustin Lawley worked a two-out walk from Scott Barnes to force in the tying run.
Luis Martinez then hit an 0-2 pitch off the wall in right-center field to score all three runners and give Portland a 5-2 lead it wouldn’t relinquish. The Sea Dogs sent nine men to the plate in the third and scored five runs on three hits — and four of the runs scored with two outs.
The Sea Dogs padded their lead with two runs in the fifth inning on RBI singles by Tzu-Wei Lin and Sam Travis.
Lin, Travis, Roberson, Lawley and Martinez each had two hits apiece for Portland.
Diaz (2-10) earned his second victory of the season and his first since July 6 at Binghamton. He allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits in 5 ⅓ innings while walking four and striking out six. Heri Quevedo picked up his first save by working 3 ⅔ scoreless innings of relief.
The Sea Dogs begin an eight-game road trip Thursday with a four-game series in New Britain, Connecticut, against the Rock Cats, Mike McCarthy (6-7, 4.32 ERA) pitches for Portland against Harrison Musgrave (1-3, 2.87) for New Britain.