MANCHESTER — The Portland Sea Dogs broke from a scoreless pitching duel with a big eighth inning and blanked the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 5-0, on Sunday before 6,902 fans at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
The visitors, in sweeping the three-game series, scored four times in the eighth, all with two outs off reliever Dustin Antolin (4-6). Singles by Mike Miller and Sean Coyle, followed by a walk to David Chester loaded the bases. Stefan Welce walked to force in the first run, and Kevin Heller followed with a bases-clearing double.
First-place Portland, which has clinched a playoff spot in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League, added a single run in the ninth on Keury De La Cruz’s single.
The late-game outburst made a winner of Mike Augliera (7-10), who worked a scoreless seventh and eighth. Starter Luis Diaz allowed only fourth hits and one walk in his six innings on the hill.
Nashua’s Kevin Nolan collected two hits for New Hampshire.
Michael Lee pitched seven shutout innings for the Fisher Cats, allowing only five hits and two walks.
The Fishers Cats begin their final home series Monday night. They play the Harrisbug Senators in the completion of a suspended game at 6 p.m., followed by the regular game. In the suspended game, the Fisher Cats will take a 9-7 lead into the bottom of the 12th. The Senators are the home team for the continuation because the beginning of the game was played July 27 in Harrisburg.
The starters for the nine-inning game will be P.J. Walters (2-1, 2.63) for the Fisher Cats against Harrisburg’s Felipe Rivero (1-6, 5.18).