The Portland Sea Dogs got triples from Michael Brenly and Blake Swihart to take a 7-2 lead Saturday night.
It wasn’t enough.
Portland’s pitching could not hold on as the Bowie Baysox rallied for an 8-7 win before 6,924 at Hadlock Field.
Reliever Matty Ott (1-2) took the loss, allowing four runs in the seventh inning, recording one out.
The Sea Dogs dropped to 40-22, while Bowie is 32-29.
Brenly, one of the team’s back-up catchers, also had two doubles. His second-inning triple scored two runs for a 3-2 lead.
Swihart, serving as the designated hitter, seemed to give the Sea Dogs plenty of insurance in the fifth with a three-run triple to left-center. He is tied for the team lead with three triples.
Portland starter Mickey Pena got another no-decision, his ninth, despite a four-hit effort over 51/3 innings.
Pena, 23, a sixth-round draft pick in 2011, gave up four runs, three earned.
With Portland ahead 7-2 in the sixth, Pena seemed to tire, allowing a single and three walks for a run. Ott relieved and gave up an infield single, making it 7-4.
The Baysox jumped on Ott for four runs in the seventh.
Portland put runners on first and third with one out in the seventh, but Swihart grounded into a double play.
The Sea Dogs went down 1-2-3 in the eighth.
Brenly hit a one-out double in the ninth. Bo Greenwell grounded out, sending Brenly to third. But Derrik Gibson then flied to center to end the game. Steve Hensley recorded his second save. Reliever Anthony Vazquez (1-4) got his first win.
Noe Ramirez, who relieved Ott, pitched the final 22/3 innings, allowing a single and walk.
NOTES: Gibson was 3 for 5, upping his average to .290. … Jonathan Roof, one of the recent additions from Class A Salem, singled twice in four at-bats. … About 750 tickets are available for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game. … The Sea Dogs are allowing ticket-holding fans to play catch on the field Sunday from 10 to 11:15 a.m. … The Sea Dogs’ baseball equipment drive also ends Sunday. Fans are encouraged to bring in gloves, bats, balls and catcher’s gear, which will be distributed to economically disadvantaged regions. … After Sunday’s game, the Sea Dogs go on a three-city trip, returning June 20 to Hadlock Field. … In Pawtucket, former Sea Dogs pitcher Matt Barnes started and allowed two runs on seven hits over 62/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 4.69. Former Portland first baseman Travis Shaw had two hits for Pawtucket.
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