Portland jumped ahead in the top of the second against Erie starter Tommy Collier. With two outs, Kuery De La Cruz singled and Matt Spring homered making it 2-0.
The SeaWolves answered in the bottom of the second as Ramon Cabrera and Corey Jones each singled. Dean Green walked loading the bases and with one out, Dixon Machado walked making it 2-1. Jamie Johnson singled home Jones and Green scored on a Jason Krizan sacrifice fly making it 3-2 Erie.
The Sea Dogs tied the game in the fourth. Sean Coyle doubled, moved to third on a Stefan Welch single and scored on a fielder’s choice.
Portland continued to cause two-out damage in the fifth as Devon Marrero got aboard with a single, reached second on a Blake Swihart base hit and scored on a Coyle RBI double as the Sea Dogs went back on top 4-3.
The SeaWolves struck back in the bottom of the fifth as Machado, Johnson and Krizan led off the frame with three-straight singles. Devon Travis doubled home a pair putting Erie ahead 5-4. Travis stole third and scored on Ramon Cabrera sacrifice fly making it 6-4.
The ‘Wolves would build on their lead in the sixth as Jones led off with triple and came home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Aaron Westlake for a 7-4 lead. With two outs, Machado singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Johnson knock for an 8-4 lead.
Portland trimmed their deficit in the eighth as Welch led off the inning with a solo home run to right making it 8-5.
Portland added one in the ninth off of Kenny Faulk, however, Jose Valdez shut the door retiring three with the bases loaded, preserving an 8-6 win.
Portland broke a scoreless tie in the fourth against Erie starter Warwick Sapuold. Sean Coyle and Stefan Welch led off the frame with back-to-back walks, followed by a single from Keury De La Cruz loading the bases. Dave Chester followed and belted an opposite-field grand slam for a 4-0 lead.
Erie answered in the bottom of fourth as Jason Krizan connected on a one-out, solo shot to right as the ‘Wolves trimmed their deficit to 4-1. The home run for Krizan was his first since April 29.
Portland came right back in the fifth as Deven Marrero connected on a solo home run to left for a 5-1 lead.
Saupold (3-8) took the loss allowing four runs on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts in four innings.