The Fisher Cats were held to seven hits in a 6-0 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Portland starter Matthew Kent (10-8) got the win with seven innings of shutout ball, allowing all seven New Hampshire hits. He walked none and struck out eight. Trevor Kelly pitched two innings of hitless relief.
Bo Bichette had two hits. Forrest Wall had New Hampshire’s only extra-base hit, a double.
New Hampshire (71-56) remains in first place in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division, three games ahead of Trenton, and has a magic number of two to clinch a playoff spot.
Portland’s Luke Tendler hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, and drove in the Sea Dogs’ first run with a first-inning RBI single.
Deiner Lopez drove in a run in the fourth, and Jeremy Rivera and Chad De La Guerra had run-scoring hits in the sixth for Portland.
Jon Harris (10-5) took the loss for New Hampshire, allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings. Justin Dillon allowed two runs on three hits in relief.
The Fisher Cats welcome the Binghamton Rumble Ponies for a three-game weekend series starting tonight at 7:05.