BOWIE, Md. – Anthony Rizzo came into Thursday on an absolute tear, and he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Rizzo, the Eastern League player of the week, went 2 for 5 with a home run as Portland rolled to a 9-2 victory over the Bowie Baysox.

Rizzo is 18 for 45 (.400) over his last 10 games, with five home runs and 20 RBI.

“It’s just one at-bat at a time,” Rizzo said. “I’ve just been working with (hitting coach Dave) Joppie and he’s got me using my legs a lot more.

“I’ve really just been trying to get in a good position to hit, and I’ve gotten some pretty good results.”

The win completed a three-game sweep for the Sea Dogs, just their second series sweep since June 10 and their fifth of the season.

“The way we’ve been playing, it’s nice to string one or two together,” Sea Dogs Manager Arnie Beyeler said. “So, to come in here and play a team of their caliber is (encouraging).

“We’ve got a bunch of young players and they play hard every night, but they’re very young. And with that comes the inconsistency, and we’ve seen that.

“But hopefully they’re putting something together here in the last few weeks.”

Portland (57-60) got to Bowie starter Rick Zagone early, pounding him for five runs in the second inning. The Sea Dogs had three extra-base hits in the inning, including RBI doubles from Ryan Khoury and Matt Sheely.

Zagone settled down from there, tossing two scoreless innings before yielding another run in the fifth.

The 10 hits allowed represented a season high for Zagone and the six runs (five earned) tied a season high.

Ray Chang and Jorge Padron also had multiple RBI for Portland.

“Everyone’s hitting and it’s contagious,” Rizzo said. “One through nine, everyone was hitting solid the whole series.”

Bowie (63-54) had a chance to cut into the lead in the bottom of the fifth, getting an RBI single from Carlos Rojas before loading the bases for third baseman Ryan Adams. But Blake Maxwell got Adams to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Rizzo homered in the sixth to extend the Sea Dogs’ lead to 9-1.

Maxwell, making his third start of the year, limited the Baysox to one run on four hits over five strong innings. He struck out three and had only one walk.

Maxwell has recorded a win in each of his three starts and has posted a 2.08 ERA in seven appearances with Portland.

“Maxwell did a nice job getting five innings in and keeping them under control,” Beyeler said. “He worked out of a big jam there in the fifth inning, and that was big for him to respond right there and get out of that.”

The Sea Dogs travel to Richmond, Va., to open a series tonight against the Flying Squirrels, who took 2 of 3 from Portland last weekend at Hadlock Field, racking up 29 runs in the three-game series.


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