HARRISBURG — Michael Chavis hit a two-run homer in the first inning, leading the Portland Sea Dogs to a 9-3 win over the Harrisburg Senators in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
The home run by Chavis scored Joseph Monge to give the Sea Dogs a 2-0 lead.
Harrisburg answered in the bottom of the frame when Jose Marmolejos hit a three-run home run to take a one-run lead.
The Sea Dogs later added two runs in the second and five in the fourth. In the second, Deiner Lopez hit an RBI single and then scored on a double by Cole Sturgeon, while Henry Urrutia hit a three-run home run in the fourth.
Monge doubled and singled for Portland.
Portland starter Dedgar Jimenez (2-0) picked up the win despite allowing three runs over five innings. Opposing starter Greg Ross (2-1) took the loss in the Eastern League game after a rough outing in which he allowed nine runs and 10 hits over five innings.
For the Senators, Marmolejos homered and singled, driving home three runs.
Trey Ball pitched a complete game and Jeremy Barfield hit two home runs and scored three runs, as the Sea Dogs topped the Senators 8-3 in the second game.
Ball (5-9) went seven innings, allowing three runs and eight hits to get the win. He also struck out seven and walked one.
Harrisburg tied the game 2-2 in the fourth after Dan Gamache hit a two-run single.
Portland answered in the top of the next frame, scoring four runs to take the lead. Henry Urrutia hit a three-run home run en route to the four-run lead.
Jimmy Cordero (2-5) went two innings, allowing four runs and three hits in the Eastern League game. He also struck out three and walked two.
A recap from Game 2 will be up later tonight.