MANCHESTER, N.H. – Both teams ended with seven hits, but the Portland Sea Dogs made them count just a little bit more on Wednesday afternoon, defeating the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 10-4.
Portland got help beyond its own bats, with their first two runs coming off wild pitches by New Hampshire’s Yennsy Diaz in the first.
Luke Tendler hit a home run to give Portland a third run in their opening frame, and Tendler drove in Bobby Dalbec to spark a five-run fifth.
While the Fisher Cats put runs on the board in the sixth and seventh, they left runners in scoring position at the end of both innings, with both teams adding supplemental runs in the ninth to finalize the score line.
In addition to Portland’s seven hits, New Hampshire helped the Sea Dogs with four errors, as Jarren Duran and Jeremy Rivera joined Tendler in contributing two RBI for Portland.
Christian Williams and Forrest Wall had two hits each for New Hampshire, with Wall scoring twice.
The winner was Dedgar Jimenez, climbing to 3-4 in Eastern League play, recording ten outs in relief. Diaz was the loser, falling to 8-7. Diaz pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing six earned runs off six walks and four hits, striking out two.
New Hampshire now begins a four-game set in Reading, starting with a 7:10 p.m. start on Thursday.