BOWIE, Md. — Cole Sturgeon had four hits, including a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning, but the Portland Sea Dogs couldn’t overcome an early 4-0 deficit and lost 8-6 to the Bowie Baysox on Sunday afternoon.

Bowie built a 4-0 lead in the first two innings against Kevin McAvoy (5-7), scoring all its runs with two outs. D.J. Stewart and Aderlin Rodriguez each hit an RBI single in the first inning, and Austin Hayes delivered a two-run single in the second.

Portland cut the lead to 4-2 in the sixth on RBI singles from Chad De La Guerra and Sturgeon, but Bowie scored three runs in the seventh to take a 7-2 lead.

The Sea Dogs got RBI singles from Danny Bethea and De La Guerra in the eighth inning, and Sturgeon hit his fifth home run of the season in the ninth.

Portland finished with 14 hits, including three each by Bethea and De La Guerra, but stranded 12 runners and hit into two double plays.

McAvoy lasted five innings, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out six.