MANCHESTER — Nashua native Kevin Nolan is back and his bat allowed the Fisher Cats to extend their winning streak.
Nolan collected two hits including a solo homer and drove in two runs as New Hampshire won its fifth straight game with a 4-2 Eastern League victory against Reading Sunday before 6,118 fans at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
The three-game series sweep of Reading pushes New Hampshire back above the .500 mark (11-10) for the first time since its 2-1 start during the first week of the season.
Dating back to last April, the Fisher Cats have beaten the Fightin' Phils 10 straight games in Manchester.
Nolan was shipped back Saturday from Triple-A Buffalo, where he played seven games for the Bisons. Nolan batted .217 with five hits in 23 plate appearances in Buffalo.
He was 0-for-4 in his first game back with New Hampshire Saturday in the team's 5-0 win against Reading (11-9).
Sunday, losing 1-0, New Hampshire rallied to take the lead behind Nolan in the third inning. Jonathan Jones walked and Jon Berti got hit by a pitch, setting the table for Nolan who doubled Jones home.
Berti scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike McDade and Michael Crouse delivered Nolan with a single to center for a 3-1 lead.
Reading scored a run in the fifth inning, but Nolan restored the two-run lead in the home eighth with his second home run of the season, a solo shot to left field.
Starter Casey Lawrence (2-1) gained the win over 6 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs on five hits. He fanned four and walked one on 104 pitches, 62 for strikes.
Tyler Ybarra got the next five outs before Scott Gracey picked up the final two outs for his first save.
The homestand continues tonight at 6:35 p.m., with the first of a four-game series against Trenton.
New Hampshire sends Aaron Sanchez (1-1, 2.66) to the hill against Trenton righty Zach Nuding (2-0, 3.00).