ALTOONA, Pennsylvania — Portland scored three runs in the ninth inning and held on to beat Altoona 9-8 Wednesday night in an Eastern League game at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
The Sea Dogs (46-77) clinched the season series against Altoona and seek their first road-series sweep on Thursday against the Curve (64-59).
Carlos Asuaje and Keury De La Cruz each homered for their fourth hits of the game. Asuaje snapped a 6-6 tie in the ninth with a two-run homer off losing pitcher Jhondaniel Medina. De La Cruz blasted a solo shot with two outs.
The homers yielded by Medina, who suffered the loss, were his first of the season.
Altoona made the game interesting in its half of the ninth. Simon Mercedes (3-2) loaded the bases with nobody out on a single, and back-to-back, four-pitch walks. Max Moroff lined a two-run single to bring the Curve within one.
Kyle Martin entered the game an uncorked a wild pitch to put two in scoring position with nobody out. However, Martin retired the next three batters, including the final two on strikeouts, to secure his fourth save of the year.
Both teams exchanged runs in the second inning. Portland took a 1-0 lead on a run-scoring single by Dustin Lawley, but Altoona tied the game on an RBI groundout by Barrett Barnes.
In the third, the Dogs scored three off starter Matt Benedict on Henry Ramos’ three-run double. Altoona took a 5-4 lead with a 4-spot off starter Justin Haley. Moroff and Weiss added run-scoring hits and Barnes gave them the lead with a two-run single.
In the sixth, De La Cruz smacked a double down the right-field line, giving the Dogs a 6-5 lead. Altoona tied the game in the seventh on a sac fly by Jose Osuna.