The Fisher Cats (56-76) opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. Van Kirk singled and stole second. He moved to third on a groundout and scored on a single by Koby Clemens for a 1-0 lead.
New Hampshire extended the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Brad Glenn singled, John Tolisano singled and Van Kirk drilled a three-run homer for a 4-0 lead.
Clemens (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) hit the first pitch of the bottom of the fourth inning for his fifth home run and a 5-0 lead.
The Rock Cats (68-64) hit the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning. Chris Colabello singled and Josmil Pinto homered.
Pino (9-7) worked the first seven innings, allowing nine hits and the two runs. He walked one and struck out four. Ron Uviedo worked a perfect eighth inning and Sam Dyson finished up for his ninth save.
Logan Darnell (9-12) took the loss for the Rock Cats.
Adam Lind continued his MLB rehab on Friday night, going 3-for-5 (three singles) as New Hampshire's lead-off hitter.
The Fisher Cats and Rock Cats meet again on Saturday at 6:35pm. An Atlas Fireworks Show will follow the game and fans can play USA Subs Baseball Bingo. For tickets and information, visit www.nhfishercats.com or call (603) 641-2005.
LHP Sean Nolin (0-0,1.80) is expected to start for the Fisher Cats. RHP B. J. Hermsen (10-5, 3.10) will be on the mound for the Rock Cats. Coverage begins at 6:45pm with Tom Gauthier and Bob Lipman on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network and at www.nhfishercats.com.