Portland’s Jantzen Witte went 4-for-5 with a home run and four runs batted in as the Sea Dogs routed the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 12-6 on Monday night in Portland, Maine.
The loss, coupled with Trenton’s 5-1 win over Altoona on Monday, trims New Hampshire’s lead in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division to one game. New Hampshire has already clinched a playoff spot.
Christian Vazquez, in Portland on a rehab assignment, went 1-for-2 and drove in three runs. Eduardo Rodriguez, also on a rehab assignment, pitched the first four innings, allowing two hits and striking out six.
Portland (59-73) scored two in the first on a Vazquez sacrifice fly and a Witte RBI single. The Sea Dogs erupted for five runs in the second to take a 7-0 lead. Vazquez singled to score two runs and Witte followed with a three-run blast to left-center.
The Fisher Cats (73-58) made it a 7-3 game with three runs in the fifth, Bo Bichette drove in Juan Kelly with a double, and Harold Ramirez doubled in Jon Berti and Bichette. But Portland scored three in the bottom of the frame to go ahead 10-3. The Sea Dogs added two in the seventh. New Hampshire scored three in the ninth as Ramirez singled home a run and Cavan Biggio doubled in two.
Taylor Saucedo (4-4) took the loss for New Hampshire, allowing nine hits and 10 runs, nine of them earned, in 4 2/3 innings.
The teams continue their four-game series at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in Portland.