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Fisher Cats pounded by Sea Dogs, 9-2

Portland’s Henry Owens outpitched New Hampshire’s Marcus Stroman in a battle of top prospects, and the Sea Dogs dealt the Fisher Cats a setback in their playoff chase with a 9-2 victory in Manchester last night.

Owens (3-0), the 36th pick in the 2011 draft by the Red Sox, worked the first 6 2∕3 innings, allowing just two hits (both singles) and one walk while striking out six. He retired the final 12 batters he faced.

Stroman (8-5) saw his two-game winning streak snapped and his ERA rise from 3.22 to 3.47 as he worked three innings and allowed five runs (four earned).

The Sea Dogs pounded out 15 hits, led by Shannon Wilkerson (3-for-5, double, triple, three RBI), Matt Spring (2-for-4, two runs, two RBI), Derrick Gibson (2-for-5, two RBI), J.C. Linares (2-for-5, RBI) and Ryan Dent (2-for-5).

New Hampshire’s Andy Burns, who has hits in 16 of his last 18 starts, went 2-for-4 and drove in the Fisher Cats’ first run in the eighth inning.

Both teams are now 66-69 and are four games behind Trenton in the wild card chase in the Eastern Division.

The Fisher Cats and Sea Dogs meet again tonight. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (3-4, 2.11) starts for New Hampshire against Matt Barnes (5-10, 4.33).

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