MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Portland Sea Dogs got standout pitching for the second straight game and this time came up with something to show for it.

Stephen Fife started, and Kyle Fernandes and Tommy Hottovy did their share Tuesday night as Portland knocked off the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3-0 for their second shutout win of the season.

“I can’t say enough about the way our guys threw the ball,” said catcher Ryan Lavarnway, who contributed much of the offense. “We’ve kind of been up and down with our pitching and hitting all year, and our hitting the last couple of days hasn’t produced a ton of runs and our pitching has really stepped up.”

The Sea Dogs improved to 11-18, 3-11 on the road. The win was only their second in their last seven games and third in their last 12.

New Hampshire, after taking the series opener 1-0 on Monday night, is 18-12, 10-9 at home.

Fife gave up four hits in six innings, struck out one and walked one.

“He was efficient,” said Portland Manager Kevin Boles. “He was aggressive to the zone and he attacked hitters.”

Fernandes allowed two hits in two innings and Hottovy pitched a perfect ninth for his first save in eight pro seasons.

Lavarnway had two hits, including a leadoff homer in the ninth, and knocked in the winning run with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Che-Hsuan Lin and Tim Federowicz each added two hits.

Lavarnway also threw out a couple of speedsters — Anthony Gose and Adeiny Hechavarria — when they took turns trying to steal second in the third inning.

“He’s been pretty solid for us and the offense is starting to come around,” Boles said of Lavarnway. “He’s done a nice job with his footwork and exchange, and he’s been real accurate with his throws.”

The Sea Dogs scored single runs in the fourth and sixth to grab a 2-0 lead.

Lin, Federowicz and Alex Hassan singled to load the bases to start the fourth off New Hampshire starter B.J. LaMura, who gave up seven hits over eight innings.

Lavarnway’s sacrifice fly to right scored Lin, but right fielder Moises Sierra threw out Fedorowicz at third. Will Middlebrooks flied out to end the inning.

Mitch Dening walked to lead off the sixth, went to third on a Lin single and scored on a Federowicz single to right.

NOTES: Hassan led the Eastern League with a .370 batting average going into the game. He had a single in four at-bats, dipping the number to .365.

Boles on Stolmy Pimentel’s Monday night start: “He’s a big-bodied kid. Wide shoulders. He’s got big legs. We’re definitely excited about how he’s coming along physically, but also the stuff. You see the stuff come out of his hand and it’s pretty impressive. He’s had about three outings where it’s started to come along and (Monday) night was about the best sign as far as establishing the fastball and having a better feel for his off-speed stuff.”

Pimentel allowed three singles over six innings.