LOWELL, MA - After dropping their last six games at home, the Spinners (35-38) came out with nothing to lose and put a beat down the last-place Connecticut Tigers (29-42).
The offense came out of the gate hot in the first inning with a Grant Williams leadoff single. Nick Northcut then doubled off the wall to score Williams giving the Spinners a 1-0 lead.
The floodgates opened in the third inning when Elih Marrero led off the inning with a double. After a Jonathan Ortega walk and stolen base, Juan Carlos Abreu singled up the middle to drive in a pair of runs. After getting to third on a wild pitch, Abreu came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Williams to make it 4-0.
It became a 5-0 game in the third inning when Xavier LeGrant ripped a one-out triple. Marrero then tripled him home to push the lead to five runs.
Hunter Haworth made his first start since early July and was solid in his return from the bullpen. In five innings he struck out four, surrendered and earned run, six hits, and no walks.
The offense got hot again in the bottom of the sixth inning after Cole Brannen and Nick Northcut each drew a walk. Xavier LeGrant brought them both home with a double and then came in to score on a triple from Elih Marrero, giving Lowell and 8-3 lead. Marrero would go on to finish a home run shy of the cycle.
Out of the bullpen, Kevin Biondic tossed three scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts and Francisco Lopez-Soto allowed a pair in the top of the ninth but both managed to close out an 8-3 victory.
Lowell is under the lights for the last time on Sunday with Chris Machamer taking the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.
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