ERIE, Pa. — Steven Moya led of the ninth inning with a solo homer off Robby Scott, giving the Erie SeaWolves an 8-7 walk-off win over the Portland Sea Dogs on Monday night in the series opener at Jerry Uht Park.
Scott (6-2) fell behind Moya 2-0, and yielded his first homer of the season. The lefty suffered just his second loss and gave up a run for only the third time in 15 appearances.
Erie (30-38) Bryan Augenstein (2-1) retired all seven batters faced to earn his second win of the season against Portland (44-24).
Erie jumped out to a 7-0 lead, knocking Couch out of the game in the fourth inning after 10 hits and seven runs. The outing was the worst for the right-hander in Double-A, and just the third time in his career he gave up seven runs or more.
Ramon Cabrera gave the SeaWolves a 1-0 lead in the first inning, delivering a two-out RBI single. In the second, Erie scored three runs on RBIs from Dixon Machado (double), Jaime Johnson (single) and Devon Travis (single). Erie added three more in the fourth off Couch. Johnson led off the frame with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason Krizan.
Moya and Cabrera added run-scoring singles.
Portland responded in the fifth, scoring five times with two outs. Heiker Meneses started the rally with a walk and scored on a single by Deven Marrero. A second run scored on a throwing error by the catcher. The Sea Dogs capped off the rally with back-to-back homers by Blake Swihart (two-run homer) and Sean Coyle.
Erie starter Jeff Ferrell worked 4 2/3 innings on nine hits, five runs, one walk and three strikeouts.
The Sea Dogs made up the seven-run deficit, tying the game in the seventh inning off Ryan Robowski. Jonathan Roof laced a solo-homer to lead off the frame, his first in Double-A. Marrero tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Stefan Welch.
Right-hander Mike McCarthy tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Couch. McCarthy allowed just a one-out triple to Machado.