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Fisher Cats win as rain ends rally for Mets
Fisher Cat Brett Lawrie, who's on a rehab assignment from the Toronto Blue Jays, follows through after driving the ball to right field during Monday's game against the Binghamton Mets in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
A rainstorm halted a three-run spree by Binghamton, giving New Hampshire a 7-6 Eastern League victory Monday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Down by four runs in the ninth, the Mets quickly cut their deficit to 7-6 against New Hampshire reliever Alan Farina.
New Hampshire took three out of five games against the Mets in a series that featured 75 total runs scored, with New Hampshire holding a 38-37 edge. The Fisher Cats (43-46) hit the Eastern League All-Star break 11½-games behind the Mets (53-33) in the Eastern Division.
New Hampshire starter Sean Nolin pitched well on Monday, allowing two hits, no walks and no runs in five innings. He fanned seven and threw 43 of 60 pitches for strikes. Scott Gracey (2-0), who pitched the eighth inning, eventually got the win in relief.
Down 3-2 in the home eighth, the Fisher Cats started a five-run rally against Binghamton reliever John Church.
Brett Lawrie walked and advanced to second on a one-out balk. After walks to Brian Van Kirk and Brad Glenn loaded the bases, Church was relieved by Pedro Feliciano, who was greeted by a bases-clearing double to right by Ryan Schimpf.
New Hampshire scored first in the fourth inning when Andy Burns walked, stole second and bolted home on a double by Glenn.
Ceciliani doubled, stole third base and scored on a sacrifice fly by Daniel Muno.
Binghamton then gained the lead in the seventh inning.
New Hampshire got the run back in the home seventh. Schimpf walked and rambled home when Ahrens doubled to left.
Lawrie, who is on a rehab assignment from Toronto, finished the game 0 for 2 with a run scored.