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New Hampshire's Brian Van Kirk, left, reacts after being driven in by Ryan Schimpf in the fourth inning of Friday night's game against Binghamton. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

Grand slam keys Fisher Cats' win over Mets


MANCHESTER — An Adam Loewen grand slam was the big hit as the Fisher Cats outlasted the Binghamton Mets, 8-7, Friday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

Early on, things didn't look rosy for New Hampshire as the Mets scored five runs off starter and winner Deck McGuire (3-5) in the second.

With oneout, Binghamton strung together five straight hits, three of them doubles, and then added added a two-out double to do the damage. Richard Lucas drove in two runs with his two-bagger.

McGuire, however, held the Mets hitless over the next four innings, giving the Fisher Cats a chance to get back in it.

The rally started in the fourth when Brian Van Kirk singled. After Ryan Schimpf was hit by a pitch, Clint Robinson delivered the first run with an RBI single to left-center. A double-play followed before Sean Ochinko brought home a second run with a double to left-center to make it 5-2.

An inning later, Schimpf made it 5-4 with a two-run homer. Van Kirk doubled ahead of Schimpf's league-leading 12th home run.

In the sixth, the Fisher Cats scored four to take the lead The first three men reached against starter and loser Logan Verrett (6-2) on a pair of singles and a walk. Loewen followed with an opposite-field home run to left to put the Fisher Cats on top 8-5. It was Loewen's second home run in the last four days and the Fisher Cats' second grand slam of the week, following Jon Talley's blast on Monday afternoon.

Tyson Brummett notched the three-inning save, despite allowing a pair of ninth-inning. McGuire gave up all his hits and runs in the second, finishing the night with seven strikeouts and two walks.

It was the fourth win in the last five game for the Fisher Cats, and it lifted them to .500 (28-28).

Tonight at 7, righty Ryan Tepera (5-3, 4.20) against pitches against Binghamton right-hander Rafael Montero (5-3, 3.08).

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