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July 16. 2017 3:43AM

Portland pitching held the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to four hits in a 2-1 loss Saturday night in the first game of a doubleheader at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

The Sea Dogs' Elih Villanueva got the win with six innings of two-hit scoreless ball, walking three and striking out four. The Fisher Cats scratched out a run in the ninth off Williams Jerez, but he earned his fourth save.

Portland got two runs in the fourth as Danny Mars led off with a double. Josh Tobias sacrificed but a throwing error by New Hampshire's Tim Lopes put runners on first and third. Both later scored on Jeremy Barfield's one-out single.

The Fisher Cats' Francisco Rios pitched well but took the loss (3-9). He allowed both runs, only one earned, on six hits. He walked one and struck out five.

New Hampshire put together a rally in the seventh, Recent callup Lourdes Gurriel Jr. doubled with one out and went to third on Lopes' single. Gurriel scored on a Gunnar Heidt ground out. With Lopes on second as the tying run, Jerez whiffed Matt Dean to end it.

The Fisher Cats earned a doubleheader split with a 3-2 win in the nightcap. Matt Dean's RBI double in the fourth made the difference.

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