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New Hampshire Fisher Cats third baseman Andy Burns (11) celebrates with left fielder Michael Crouse after defeating the Akron Rubberducks, 3-2, Sunday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

NH Fisher Cats creep closer to .500

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats won’t be in the Eastern League playoffs this summer, but the team is making strides toward making this season a respectable one.

A three-run sixth inning rally highlighted by a two-run single from Cory Aldridge led the Fisher Cats past Akron 3-2 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium Sunday. The win, coupled with Saturday’s 8-5 triumph, allowed New Hampshire (61-66) to creep closer to the .500 mark and salvage a 3-3 homestand.

Greg Infante gained his 19th save with two scoreless innings. The Fisher Cats took advantage of four walks and a hits batsman in the sixth inning. Jorge Flores (walk), Melky Mesa (hit by pitch) and Andy Burns (walk) loaded the bases before Aldridge tied the game 2-2 with his hit.

Another walk to Nashua’s Kevin Nolan re-loaded the bases and New Hampshire took the lead when Mike McDade walked, forcing home Burns.

Akron (70-58) scored in the third inning on a homer from Tim Fedroff. Jake Lowery singled to plate a run in the fourth frame.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (6-2) pitched a six-hitter in six innings for the win. He had no walks and fanned five.

In Saturday’s win for New Hampshire, Matt Newman delivered a three-run homer in the second inning and K.C. Hobson had a two-run double in the fifth inning.

After a day off today, the Fisher Cats open a three-game road series Tuesday in Trenton. P.J. Walters (1-1, 3.52) will pitch for New Hampshire in the 7:05 p.m. start.

New Hampshire returns to Northeast Delta Dental Stadium for the final homestand of the season beginning Friday at 7 p.m. against Portland.

The Sea Dogs are in town through Sunday before New Hampshire closes out its homestand with a four-game series against Harrisburg from Aug. 25-28.

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