The Harrisburg Senators enjoyed a beautiful 78-degree afternoon in Portland on Sunday. Their 15-hit outburst made it all the more pleasurable.

Harrisburg routed the Portland Sea Dogs 11-4 at Hadlock Field.

The highlights for the Sea Dogs included a Michael Chavis home run, Rafael Devers reaching base four times (single and three walks), and Henry Urrutia going 3 for 4 with a double.

Chavis went 2 for 3, including a double. He was the designated hitter, while Devers took his turn at third base.

The Sea Dogs (32-38) recorded 11 hits. They just could not do a lot with them.

“That’s been our season,” Sea Dogs Manager Carlos Febles said. “I’ve seen us before get 14 hits and score only two runs.

“We just can’t execute when we need to. From my (perspective), we’re trying to do too much in those situations.

“We’re working on it and hopefully things will start clicking soon. We do have a pretty good offense, but our approach hasn’t been the best.”

Harrisburg (32-41) got home runs from Drew Ward and Mario Lisson.

Sea Dogs starter Elih Villanueva (1-3) took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks over 31/3 innings. Four Portland pitches issued a total of seven walks.

The Sea Dogs trailed 2-0 after the first inning and could not catch up. Danny Mars led off with a double in the bottom of the first but was stranded at third.

In the second inning, Chavis hit a shallow fly ball to center that dropped in for a hustle double. Urrutia doubled him in.

In the fourth, Chavis led off and hit the first pitch from Taylor Hill (3-1) – a hanging curveball – over the left-field wall. It was his second home run in three games with the Sea Dogs. He is 5 for 11 in Double-A so far.

“This is the first time I’ve had a chance to watch him play,” Febles said. “I’m real impressed how fast his hands go through the zone.”

Chavis was lifted in the eighth inning to give Danny Bethea some at-bats. Bethea came through with an RBI single in the ninth.

NOTES: The announced paid attendance was a sellout of 7,368. … First baseman Nick Longhi has missed three games because of a stiff back. He should return soon … Urrutia is batting .343 (12 for 35) since signing as a free agent after he was released by the Orioles. … Actor Steve Burton (General Hospital, Young and the Restless) will appear at Monday’s game … Tuesday’s guest is New England Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

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