The SeaWolves dropped their third straight game as they fell to the Portland Sea Dogs, 5-4, in the middle game of a three-game series at Hadlock Field.
The Sea Dogs struck in the first inning against SeaWolves starter David Martinez. Aneury Tavarez led off with a single and moved to third on a Mauricio Dubon double. With one out, Nate Freiman lifted a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Tavarez for a 1-0 lead.
The SeaWolves tied the game in the second against Portland starter Jalen Beeks. Corey Jones led off with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch. With one out, Dominic Ficociello lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Jones, tying the game.
Erie would then take the lead in the third. With two outs, Wynton Bernard singled and Gustavo Nunez doubled to put runners on second and third. Anthony Gose singled to the opposite-field, plating both baserunners for a 3-1 lead.
Portland went back ahead in the fourth. Ryan Court led off with a single. With one out, Cody Decker and Cole Sturgeon each singled to load the bases. With two outs, Rainer Rosario connected on a grand slam over the wall in left for a 5-3 Dogs lead.
The SeaWolves got a run back in the top of the fifth. Austin Green led off with a single and he moved to third on a Kody Eaves double. Nunez lifted a one-out, sacrifice fly to center, scoring Green to make it a 5-4 game. That would prove to be the final run of the game.
Beeks (3-2) earned the win for Portland. He allowed four runs on eight hits with no walks and six strikeouts in six innings of work.
Ben Taylor earned the save working a 1-2-3 ninth for the Dogs.
Martinez (1-2) took the loss for the SeaWolves. He allowed five runs on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts in four innings.
The SeaWolves look to avoid the sweep on Thursday afternoon against the Sea Dogs at noon. RHP Tommy Collier (7-6, 2.99 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against RHP Mitch Atkins (3-5, 4.90 ERA).