The Hartford Yard Goats built a 5-0 lead and held on to defeat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 5-3, on Saturday in an Eastern League clash at Dunkin' Park.
The Fisher Cats (20-20) and Yard Goats (23-19) wrap up their four-game series Sunday. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m.
Vince Hernandez hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first off New Hampshire starter Willy Ortiz (0-3) to give Hartford an early 1-0 lead.
Manuel Melendez's two-run single in the second made it 3-0 before Arvicent Perez first homer of the year in the third gave Hartford a 4-0 lead.
Ryan Metzler's sacrifice fly pushed the lead to 5-0 before the Fisher Cats finally got on the board in the top of the seventh on Patrick Kivlehan's sacrifice fly. Kevin Smith followed with an RBI double to cut the deficit to 5-2.
New Hampshire drew to within 5-3 in the eighth on Santiago Espinal's RBI single, but that's as close as the Fisher Cats would get.
Ortiz surrendered four earned runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three.
New Hampshire managed just five hits, with center fielder Forrest Wall collecting two of them.
Hartford starter Ashton Goudeau (3-2) got the win, throwing six innings of no-hit ball with five strikeouts. The Fisher Cats did all of their damage against reliever Chris Rusin, who surrendered three earned runs on four hits and two walks over two innings. Logan Cozart closed the door for his second save of the season.