Sea Dogs hold off Fisher Cats, 2-1
New Hampshire rallied for a ninth-inning run to close the gap to 3-2 after Jonathan Jones tagged Portland reliever Miguel Celestino with his first home run of the season.
New Hampshire starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2-2) took the mound loss. On 44 pitches, he lasted just two innings, allowing four hits, two runs and no walks. He fanned two batters.
The lead evaporated quickly in the home second. Leadoff hitter Sean Coyle belted his eighth homer of the season to center to put Portland on the board. Consecutive one-out singles from David Chester and Keury De La Cruz set the table for Heiker Meneses, who plated Chester with a single to left.
Deven Marrero greeted Bleier with a solo homer to center, his fourth of the season.
Newman and Nashua native Kevin Nolan each had three hits for New Hampshire. The second game of the three-game series between the teams begins tonight at 7 p.m.