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Walden pitches Fisher Cats past Sea Dogs

A five-run second inning was all the run support Marcus Walden needed, as the Fisher Cats starter limited Portland to five hits and one run through eight innings in New Hampshire’s 5-1 victory last night over the Sea Dogs.

Walden improved to 6-9, striking out six and walking one. The only run he allowed was a solo homer to Portland’s Garin Cecchini in the sixth. Alan Farina pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

In the second, Brad Glenn and Kevin Nolan singled to put runners at the corners, and Andy Burns drove in the first run with a double. Nolan scored on a groundout, Brian Van Kirk (2-for-3) delivered an RBI single, and Adam Loewen belted a two-run homer to complete the scoring.

Melky Cabrera, on a rehab assignment from Toronto, went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

The victory moved the Fisher Cats (48-46) into second place in the Eastern Division, 11 games behind Binghamton. Portland dropped to 46-49, 131∕2 games back.

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