Gunnar Heidt drilled a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift the New Hampshire Fisher Cats past the Reading Fightin Phils 5-3 on Wednesday at Northeast Delta Stadium.
Three New Hampshire relievers combined to shut down Reading over the final 7.1 innings with Tim Mayza (1-0) earning the win and Jose Fernandez picking up his first save. Alonzo Gonzalez added 3.1 scoreless innings in relief with three strikeouts for New Hampshire (2-4).
Reading (2-4) scored its three runs in the top of the second inning. After walks to Jiandido Tromp and Malquin Canelo, Scott Kingery homered off New Hampshire starter Sean Reid-Foley for a 3-0 lead.
The Fisher Cats cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning on the second homer of the season by catcher Raffy Lopez.
In the decisive sixth inning, Ryan McBroom and Emilio Guerrero singled off Reading starter Tom Eshelman and Heidt homered off reliever Alexis Rivero (0-1) to give the Fisher Cats the win in the final game of the first homestand of the season.
Heidt's home run was his second of the series. He finished Wednesday afternoon with a single, double and homer with the three RBI.
New Hampshire tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Guerrero singled, moved to third on a fielders choice and error, scoring on a groundout by Lopez.
The Fisher Cats head out on the road for the first time in 2017 and will play at Hartford on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. The team returns to Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Friday, April 21 also to play Hartford. An Atlas Fireworks show will follow that contest. For tickets, visit www.nhfishercats.com.
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