Michael Crouse's two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie and allowed the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to surge past the Trenton Thunder, 7-2, on Sunday before 6,150 fans at Arm & Hammer Park.
The win allowed the Fisher Cats to salvage the final game of a three-game series.
Crouse’s homer, which plated Jon Berti (reached on an error), was followed by three straight singles, the last of which, by Kevin Nolan, knocked in a fifth run. New Hampshire added two more runs in the ninth when Andy Burns doubled home a run and scored on a Mike McDade single.
The late-game rally made a winner of Scott Gracey (3-3), who worked a scoreless seventh. Gregory Infante recorded the last six outs for his seventh save. New Hampshire starter Casey Lawrence, returning to the rotation after nearly a month on the disabled list, pitched the first four innings, allowing no runs on four hits.
Crouse finished with three hits on the day. Eight Fisher Cats had hits, including three for Kenny Wilson.
New Hampshire continues its road trip Monday night at 7 p.m. at Hadlock Field in Portland. Lefty Richard Bleier (3-5, 4.15) goes for the Fishers against Sea Dogs righty Luis Diaz (1-0, 1.50). The series continues Tuesday and Wednesday nights before New Hampshire returns home Thursday for the start of a four-game series against New Britain.
Thunder 2, Fisher Cats 1 (Saturday night): The Thunder rallied for two runs in the eighth inning to post the victory. New Hampshire starter Radhames Liz pitched six stellar innings, allowing no runs on four hits. He walked one and fanned four.