PORTLAND — The Reading Phillies took a six-run lead in the fourth inning and held on to beat the Portland Sea Dogs 7-5 in an Eastern League game Friday night at Hadlock Field.

The Sea Dogs rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but couldn’t complete the comeback.

Reading scored three runs in the top of the third inning to take control of the game. Harold Garcia started the rally with a double and scored.

Matt Rizzotti followed with a single, then Cody Overbeck hit a three-run home run to give the Phillies a 5-0 lead.

Reading scored twice in the second on an RBI single by Michael Spidale and an RBI double Tuffy Gosewich. Chris Frey added a solo home run in the seventh inning.

The Phillies added a run in the fourth, when Tim Kennelly led off with a double and scored on a single by Fidel Hernandez.

Portland scored in the fifth when Alex Hassan hit an RBI single and in the seventh when Tim Fedrowich led off with a solo home run. They added three runs in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI groundout by Hassan and a two-run single by Jorge Padron.