MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Portland Sea Dogs erased a 6-4 deficit in the eighth inning, scoring five two-out runs in the ninth, and beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9-6 in Eastern League baseball action Monday night in the series opener at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Portland held a 4-3 lead until the bottom of the eighth inning, as the Fisher Cats scored three runs off winning pitcher Madison Younginer (8-4). K.C. Hobson tied the game with an RBI groundout and Jack Murphy ripped a two-out, two-run single.
Gregory Infante (0-1) could not save it for the Fisher Cats, allowing five unearned runs in the ninth.
The top four in Portland’s order all had hits to spark the win. Manuel Margot made it a one-run game with an RBI single. Tau-Wei Lin was down to his final strike, but grounded a game-winning, two-run double. Sam Travis followed with an RBI single and Oscar Tejeda singled, while an error on the right fielder allowed the ninth run to score.
Kyle Martin pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save of the save.
Luis Diaz had a strong outing for Portland, tying a season-high with seven innings of work on five hits and three runs.
Portland took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Tejeda’s three-run homer off Luis Perez. New Hampshire added two runs in the second inning, but the Sea Dogs made it 4-3 in the fourth on a run-scoring double by Aneury Tavarez.