(NEWS CENTER)-- The Portland Sea Dogs swept the Reading Fightin Phils for the first time ever in Reading with a 7-4 victory on Thursday afternoon at First Energy Stadium.
Anthony Ranaudo (4-0) earned his fourth straight win. He worked five and one-third innings, giving up one run on four hits. He struck out four and walked one batter. Brock Huntzinger came on in the bottom of the ninth and earned his sixth save of the season.
Keith Couch pitched two and two-thirds innings and gave up two runs. Daniel Bard struggled in one-third of an inning pitched, issuing two walks and two wild pitches before giving way to Huntzinger
Xander Bogaerts hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the first inning. An RBI double from Bogaerts in the third inning put Portland in the lead 2-0. Bogaerts went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Portland added to their lead in the fifth on a solo home run by Christian Vazquez. The home run was Vazquez's second this season, and both have come against Reading. The Sea Dogs would make the score 5-0 in the fifth following a Shannon Wilkerson sacrifice fly and after Bogaerts scored on a throwing error. Portland would net their final two runs on the day in the sixth inning on sacrifice fly balls from Alberto Rosario and Derrik Gibson.
The Sea Dogs return home tomorrow for a six-game homestand, beginning with the New Britain Rock Cats.