Steven Wright, on a rehab start from the Boston Red Sox, allowed five hits in five innings to lead the Portland Sea Dogs to a 6-3 Eastern League win against New Hampshire before 5,983 fans at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Memorial Day.
The Fishers Cats (17-33) dropped three of four games to the Eastern Division-leading Sea Dogs (34-16). New Hampshire fell 17 games behind Portland and 12 behind Reading for the second playoff berth in the division.
The Fisher Cats hit the road for a three-game series against Binghamton, followed by a weekend series against the Curve in Altoona, Pa. New Hampshire returns home on Tuesday, June 3 against Bowie.
Matt Boyd (0-1, 6.30) takes the hill tonight against Binghamton righthander Matt Bowman (3-2, 4.46).
Wright, a knuckleball pitcher who underwent surgery for a hernia during the off-season, allowed three runs, two earned runs on 65 pitches, 44 for strikes. He walked one and fanned four. Wright surrendered a solo homer to Andy Burns in the second inning.
Matt Spring led Portland’s 12-hit attack with four hits and Blake Swihart collected three RBIs including a two-run homer in the sixth inning against starting and losing pitcher Scott Copeland. The homer snapped a 3-3 tie.
In seven innings on 94 pitches, 62 for strikes, Copeland (3-5) allowed 11 hits, five earned runs, one walk and fanned three. Keith Couch pitched a one-hitter over the final four scoreless innings for his first save with Portland this season.