Bowie Baysox pitcher Josh Towers tied a club record when he allowed a home run to Chris Norton that helped the Portland Sea Dogs defeat the Baysox, 3-2, in a Class AA Eastern League game last night before 4,698 at Prince George's Stadium.
The two-run shot was the 25th home run Towers (11-6) has allowed this season, tying Garrett Stephenson's mark set in 1995. Towers, who also holds the team record for hits allowed in a season (193), fell to 3-5 in games in which he does not issue a walk.
"I didn't think [Norton] got that ball well," Towers said. "My first reaction was it was straight up."
Drew Niles gave Portland (60-69) a 1-0 lead with an RBI groundout in the third inning. Norton stretched that lead to 3-0 in the fourth with his league-leading 36th home run.
Bowie scored twice in the fifth off Nate Bump (2-4). Brian Rust and Cesar Devarez started the inning with singles and moved to second and third on an error. Augie Ojeda then had an RBI groundout and Luis Matos added a sacrifice fly.
The Baysox wasted a chance to tie the game in the ninth. Carlos Casimiro singled, went to second on an error and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. However, Casimiro was thrown out at home when Rust grounded to third.
The loss dropped Bowie (67-60) two games behind idle Harrisburg for the Southern Division's final playoff spot. Bowie has 14 games remaining; Harrisburg has 13.