READING, Pa. —The Portland Sea Dogs (32-55) scored six runs over the first two innings and grabbed the series finale from the Reading Fightin Phils (46-40), 9-1, Thursday night at FirstEnergy Stadium. Portland finished the road trip at 3-3 and 8-13 against Reading this season.

William Cuevas fired five innings, allowing one hit, one unearned run and fanning four, earning his team-leading eighth win of the season. Cuevas’ next outing will be in the Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday at Hadlock Field.

The Fightins scored their lone run off Cuevas in the fifth. Brian Pointer reached on an error and scored on a double by Art Charles.

Portland scored two in the first inning off losing pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. Jantzen Witte and Manuel Margot delivered RBI singles to give the Dogs a 2-0 lead. In the second, Marco Hernandez and Carlos Asuaje each had run-scoring singles. Sam Travis nailed a two-out, two-run single.

Leiter Jr., who tossed a complete-game on June 29 at Hadlock, suffered the loss. The righty yielded six runs on nine hits over six innings pitched, but recovered to retire 12 of the final 14 batters faced.

Madison Younginer tossed two scoreless innings of relief for Portland, allowing two hits and three strikeouts. Robby Scott closed out the game with two scoreless, working out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth.

Catcher Jake Romanski extended his hitting streak to five games, going 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the eighth. Hernandez and Asuaje were both 3-for-4 in the game.

The Sea Dogs open up their final series before the All-Star Break tonight against the Binghamton Mets at Hadlock. Justin Haley (3-9, 4.84 ERA) makes the start for Portland. John Gant (2-4, 4.29) toes the rubber for Binghamton.

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