Thursday August 19, 2010 | 02:35 PM

This noon  game looked dull with Altoona taking a quick 6-0 lead off Kyle Weiland after two innings.

But the Sea Dogs now lead 9-6 after seven, thanks to five home runs, two by Anthony Rizzo, including a grand slam.

Fourth inning: Nate Spears hit a two-run homer. In the sixth: Rizzo hit a solo shot to right field.

Ryan Lavarnway began the seventh with a solo shot over the Maine Monster left field wall.

After the Sea Dogs loaded the bases with no outs, an infield pop-up and strikeout made it two outs. Rizzo stepped up and crushed a fastball over the message board in left center. Luis Exposito followed with a homer over the Monster.

Rizzo now has 18 home runs for Portland (in 90 games).

I'll check back after the game.

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