Portland Sea Dogs Joey Curletta wards off the pitcher as he moves toward the bag with the ball at Hadlock Field in Portland in this June 6, 2019, file photo.

Bryan Mata struck out nine hitters over seven innings, leading the Portland Sea Dogs over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in a 2-0 win on Saturday at Hadlock Field in Portland.

Mata (4-6) picked up the win after he walked five while allowing one hit.

Portland scored its runs when Tommy Joseph hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning and Nick Lovullo hit an RBI single in the second.

Joey Murray (2-4) went seven innings, allowing two runs and three hits to take the hard-luck loss in the Eastern League game. He also struck out eight and walked three.

The Fisher Cats were held scoreless for the eighth time this season, while the Sea Dogs recorded their 16th shutout of the year.