The Fightin Phils delivered a late knockout punch to end their 12-game losing streak Monday.
Jake Fox singled home Peter Lavin in the seventh inning to complete a 7-6 comeback victory against New Hampshire in an Eastern League contest before 6,629 fans at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Fisher Cats, who coughed up a 6-1 lead entering the home sixth inning. That’s when Reading scored five times to tie the game at 6-6.
Lavin started the sixth inning with a single and scored on a double by Kelly Dugan. After Fox walked, Aaron Altherr delivered a double, scoring Dugan. Brock Stassi made it 6-5 with a two-run triple and he scored the tying run on a sacrifice bunt from K.C. Serna.
New Hampshire starter Scott Copeland gave up all five runs in the sixth inning, but got a no decision. In six innings, he allowed seven hits, six runs (five earned) and two walks on 77 pitches. He fanned four.
Scott Gracey (3-4) suffered the loss in relief.
New Hampshire (37-45) got off to a good start with a first inning run. Dalton Pompey reached on a fielding error and later scored on a two-out single to right by Mike McDade, who had four hits. After Reading (34-45) tied the score in the home first, the Fisher Cats re-gained the lead in the second frame.
Cory Aldridge singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Nashua native Kevin Nolan. In the third inning the Fisher Cats built a 5-1 lead behind a three-run homer from Andy Burns. Matt Newman and McDade each reached on consecutive one-out singles and Burns followed with his seventh season homer to left centerfield.
In the sixth inning New Hampshire padded its lead to 6-1 when Jon Berti scored on a fielding error with two out.
Both teams resume their four-game series today at noon.
Lawrence: EL Pitcher of Week
A near perfect game earned pitcher Casey Lawrence of New Hampshire as the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week.
Lawrence (4-4, 3.10 ERA) came within one out of a perfect game in the nightcap of a doubleheader against New Britain last Friday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester.
It was spoiled on a two-out single in the top of the seventh inning by pinch-hitter Mike Kvasnicka. Lawrence recorded the final out to preserve the 8-0 victory and he ended up striking out eight batters.
In 14 appearances Lawrence has worked 78-1/3-innings averaging better than six innings per start. He’s allowed 73 hits and 14 walks, generating the second lowest WHIP in the Eastern League at 1.11. Lawrence will carry a 13-inning scoreless streak into his next scheduled start Thursday.