Manchester, NH - The Portland Sea Dogs (41-38) capped off their series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (39-43) in a big way, winning 13-5 on Sunday. The Sea Dogs earned their first series win since May 20-23.
Ten of Portland's thirteen runs came with two outs.
Travis Shaw (2-for-3, HR, 5 RBI - career high) had the big blast of the day, a grand slam in the top of the 4th. Peter Hissey hit his second home run of the year, and Tony Thomas had a three-run shot, his ninth of the season.
Anthony Ranaudo (8-2) picked up the win in Sunday's contest. Ranaudo tossed five innings of five-run ball, allowing a season-high nine hits. He issued two walks and struck out five.
Michael McCarthy threw four scoreless innings in relief of Ranaudo, earning his second save of the season.
Portland got on the board in the 1st with a Michael Almanzar RBI double. A single from Shaw made the score 2-0.
A sacrifice fly from New Hampshire's Kevin Nolan and a two-run home run from Kevin Ahrens put the Fisher Cats in the lead 3-2 in the 2nd.
Portland tied the game quickly, as Hissey led off the 3rd with a solo shot. Almanzar added his second RBI of the afternoon with a single making the score 4-3.
The Sea Dogs would put the game out of reach in the 4th. A pinch-hit RBI single for J.C. Linares and an RBI groundout to short by Thomas put Portland ahead 6-3. Shaw's grand slam made the score 10-3 and capped off a six-run 4th inning. Thomas' home run in the 5th inning put Portland ahead 13-3.
With the win and Trenton's loss, the 'Dogs hold the second playoff spot in the Eastern League's Eastern Division.
The Sea Dogs open up a nine-game homestand in eight days on Monday night at Hadlock Field against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate), game time is 7:00 PM. RHP Keith Couch (5-2, 4.17) takes on RHP Sean Black (1-1, 1.80) in the series opener.