RICHMOND, Va. – Clayton Tanner held the Portland Sea Dogs to an unearned run on five hits in 62/3 innings to help the Richmond Flying Squirrels take a 3-2 win in front of a crowd of 7,224 in the opener of a three-game series at The Diamond.

Tanner struck out five and survived six walks as he improved to 8-8, rebounding from an eight-run outing against the Sea Dogs on Aug. 7.

The Flying Squirrels took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the fifth. After Clay Timpner and Brad Boyer started the inning with singles, Sea Dogs starter Stephen Fife threw Darren Ford’s sacrifice bunt attempt into center field, bringing home Timpner. Nick Noonan followed with a sacrifice fly on the next pitch.

Portland got a run back in the eighth on Che-Hsuan Lin’s RBI single, but David Quinowski came on with two on and one out in the ninth and retired the final two batters for the save.

Richmond’s Brad Boyer started the scoring with an RBI double in the second inning. Portland evened it in the fifth when Chih-Hsien Chiang scored on a passed ball.

Fife took the loss for Portland, falling to 6-5. He allowed three runs on six hits in five innings, with two walks and one strikeout. Ryne Lawson finished with three hitless innings.


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