Casey Lawrence twirled an eight-hitter over seven innings and allowed two runs to lead the New Hampshire Fisher Cats past the host Binghamton Mets 7-2 Wednesday in an Eastern League contest at NYSEG Stadium.
On 97 pitches, 58 for strikes, Lawrence (8-5) walked one and fanned two batters. He lowered his ERA on the season to 2.72.
Mickey Storey, who pitched the last two scoreless innings and fanned three batters, earned his second save of the season.
New Hampshire jumped out to a 4-0 first inning lead behind five hits. Jon Berti, who had four of New Hampshire’s 11 hits, started the rally with a single. He jogged home when Matt Newman deposited his fifth homer over the right field fence. Andy Burns followed with his 20th double of the season and took third base when Mike McDade flied out to right.
With two outs Derrick Chung (two hits) doubled home Burns and K. C. Hobson provided an RBI single to close out the scoring in the frame.
Jayce Boyd got Binghamton (64-46) on the board with a sacrifice fly, plating T. J. Rivera in the second inning. In the home sixth, the Mets scored again when Darrell Ceciliani doubled to right, scoring Brian Burgamy.
New Hampshire tallied in the seventh inning when Andy Fermin scored on a wild pitch. The Fisher Cats (52-58) added two more runs in the ninth inning. Berti doubled and later scored when Burns (two hits) reached on a throwing error. Burns scored on a single from Cory Aldridge.
New Hampshire returns home to host Reading in a five-game series beginning Thursday at 7:05 p.m. There will be a doubleheader Friday and single games Saturday and Sunday.
On Thursday the Red Sox World Series Trophies from 2004, 2007, and 2013 will also be on display at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.