Sea Dogs fall to Baysox in rain-shortened contest

Austin Hays hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the third inning, and the Bowie Baysox held on for a 4-2, rain-shortened win over the Portland Sea Dogs at Bowie, Maryland.

The game was delayed for 47 minutes before being called after five innings. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Portland (56-59).

The Sea Dogs took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run homer by Jeremy Barfield.

Bowie (61-56) cut into the lead on an RBI double by Adrian Marin in the second and took the lead for good an inning later on Hays’ blast.

Trey Ball allowed nine hits and four runs in 41/3 innings for the Sea Dogs.

EMPIRE LEAGUE: Matt Martinez hit a three-run homer to start a seven-run fifth inning that sparked the Old Orchard Beach Surge (25-18) to a 9-4 win over the Plattsburgh RedBirds (25-18) in Plattsburgh, New York.

Martinez’s homer gave the Surge a 4-3 lead. Gevon Jackson, who had four hits, added an RBI single to cap the rally, extending the lead to 8-3.

Casey Cannon picked up the win, allowing three earned runs on two hits and five walks in seven innings.


CUP SERIES: Brad Keselowski won the pole for Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway, putting himself in good position to try for an elusive victory at his home state’s track.

Keselowski is winless in 16 career Cup races at Michigan, but with eight top-10 finishes.

Keselowski’s pole is his second this year. He won it with a lap of 35.451 seconds (203.097 mph) in his No. 2 Ford. Joey Logano qualified second, followed by Kevin Harvick.


ROGERS CUP: Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov followed his upset of Rafael Nadal late Thursday with another three-set victory, beating France’s Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semifinals.

Roger Federer also advanced, continuing his mastery over 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain with a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

 In the women’s event at Toronto, Caroline Wozniacki outlasted top-ranked Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in a quarterfinal that was delayed multiple times by rain.

Next up, she’ll face American Sloane Stephens, who topped Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 before rain returned.

CINCINNATI MASTERS: Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic will miss the tournament after withdrawing from the Rogers Cup because of an abductor injury.

– Staff and news service report