Portland, Maine - The Sea Dogs were seeking their first 4-game sweep at Hadlock Field since 2010, but the Rock Cats (4-6) prevented that feat, beating Portland 6-3 (6-4) on Sunday afternoon in front of 4,847 fans. The Sea Dogs had their four-game winning streak snapped, but took three of four in the series.
Former Braves prospect LHP Sean Gilmartin (1-1) earned his first victory in the Twins system, tossing six innings on four hits, two runs (one earned) two walks and three strikeouts.
New Britain built a 3-0 lead off losing pitcher Mike McCarthy (0-2).
3B Nate Hanson led the Rock Cats 12-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with 2 RBI. Hanson put the 'Cats on the board in the first inning with a run-scoring double. He added a two-out RBI single in the fifth.
McCarthy worked five innings, yielding five hits, three runs, one walk and two strikeouts.
The Rock Cats did more damage in the sixth, scoring twice of Portland lefty Nate Reed. Aderling Mejia and Kyle Knudson provided back-to-back RBI singles.
Portland cracked the ice in the sixth, plating two off Gilmartin. SS Derrik Gibson, who finished 3-for-3, scored on a double by Mookie Betts (1-for-3). Betts scored on a stolen base and a throwing error by the catcher.
Daniel Ortiz (3-for-5) extended New Britain's lead to 6-2 with a run-scoring double in the seventh. Shannon Wilkerson knocked in the final run of the game, delivering a sac-fly in the eighth. Wilkerson finished 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to nine games.
Lester Oliveros pitched a perfect ninth for his second save of the season. Noe Ramirez tossed two scoreless frames for Portland. New Britain held Portland's 3-thru-8 hitters 0-for-20.
The Sea Dogs continue their homestand on Monday night, opening up a three-game series against the Binghamton Mets. Top Pitching Prospect in the Red Sox system Henry Owens (2-0, 0.00) faces off against B-Mets righty Greg Peavey (0-0, 4.50). Radio coverage begins at 5:40 PM on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network and www.seadogs.com. Coverage on MiLB.TV kicks-off at 5:50 PM. Tickets for all 2014 Sea Dogs home games are available and can be ordered by calling the Sea Dogs ticket office at 207-879-9500 or order online at www.seadogs.com.