While Felix Doubront was the main attraction at Hadlock Field Thursday night, his replacement did just fine.

Mike McCarthy threw four near-perfect innings as the Portland Sea Dogs beat the Erie Seawolves 5-3 at Hadlock Field.

Doubront gave up two runs over four innings. McCarthy (5-2) relieved. He began by giving up a lead-off double to Corey Jones, and then picked Jones off. McCarthy retired the other 11 batters he faced.

First baseman Stefan Welch had the big hit, breaking a 2-2 tie with a two-run triple in the eighth inning. It was Welch’s second triple of the game.

The Sea Dogs improved to 30-20, while Erie dropped to 27-31.

Portland tied the game with RBI from Bo Greenwell in the fifth and Derrik Gibson in the seventh.

In the eighth, Deven Marrero walked and Blake Swihart singled. Welch smoked a grounder down the right field line for Portland’s first lead.

Miguel Celestino pitched the ninth, allowing one run, but recording his fourth save.

NOTES: The announced paid attendance was 3,549 … Swihart went 2 for 4 to up his average to .302 … Erie starter Tommy Collier, a former teammate of Sea Dogs pitcher Mickey Pena at San Jacinto College North in Texas … Keith Couch (7-0) will go for the Eastern League lead in wins when he starts Friday. Couch is tied for the lead with teammate Henry Owens (7-3) … The Sea Dogs are holding a baseball/softball equipment drive Friday through Sunday, working with Baseball Miracles, a group that brings the game of baseball to economically disadvantaged children throughout the world. Fans are asked to bring bats, baseballs, softballs, gloves and/or catcher’s gear to Hadlock Field. McCarthy is a member of Baseball Miracles.

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