NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Kolbrin Vitek had four hits, Brandon Workman allowed three hits in six innings, and the Portland Sea Dogs won the first of seven straight road games Thursday, defeating the New Britian Rock Cats 9-3 in front of a crowd of 5,165 at New Britian Stadium.
Vitek hit an RBI double and scored in the second inning, and added a run-scoring single in the third.
He also singled and scored in the fifth before lining a single to center in the sixth but was left at second base.
Workman settled down after giving up a leadoff double to Jason Christian and a two-run homer to Josmil Pinto in the first.
The Sea Dogs took a 3-2 lead with a three-run second. Ronald Bermudez and Alberto Rosario each drove in a run in addition to Vitek’s hit.
Portland got two more in the third when Tony Thomas doubled, went to third on a single by Michael Almanzar and came home on Vitek’s second single.
Almanzar scored the other run on a deep fly ball by Bermudez.
The Sea Dogs scored two runs on consecutive bases-loaded walks in the fifth.
Thomas posted his first home run on the season when he connected off reliever Nevlin Fuentes following a leadoff single by Travis Shaw.
Workman (2-0) struck out seven and walked one, similar to his first win April 5 against Trenton when he allowed three hits in five innings and struck out nine.
But he gave up four runs in that outing.
Daniel Bard pitched the seventh for Portland, allowing two hits and striking out one.
Pete Ruiz of Portland allowed two hits and a run over the final two innings, striking out two to bring the strikeout total to 10.