Santos, Purcey, Lift Fisher Cats

Manchester, NH – Sergio Santos belted two home runs, and David Purcey pitched seven innings of one-hit ball as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats opened a four-game series with a 6-2 victory over the Binghamton Mets on Monday night at Merchantsauto.com Stadium.

Santos (3-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI) broke up a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning with a two-run homer off left-hander Ricardo Morales (1-1) that landed on the back edge of the Poultry Products Dinner in the Den.

Santos' second home run of the game, and fourth of the season, was a solo blast onto the Hilton Garden Inn patio in the bottom of the eighth inning off Mets' reliever Ryan Cullen.

Aaron Mathews (2-for-4, HR, 3B, RBI, 2 R) extended his season-long hitting streak to 12 games with a triple to center field in the fourth inning. Mathews raised his AVG to a team best .372 by belting his first home run of the season off Morales in the sixth inning onto the Hilton Garden Inn patio.

That was enough for Purcey (3-0), who allowed only a solo home run to Brett Harper, his first, in the top of the second inning. Purcey worked seven innings, allowing one run on one hit, three hit batsmen and five strikeouts. His ERA increased to 0.89, as he tied teammate Mike MacDonald and two other pitchers for the Eastern League lead in wins with three.

Chip Cannon tied the game in the bottom of the second inning with a mammoth home run over the centerfield wall and onto the access road off Morales, who allowed five runs on 10 hits in six innings.

Lee Gronkiewicz finished the game, allowing one run on four hits in two innings of work.

The Fisher Cats and Mets play the second game of their four-game set Tuesday night at Merchantsauto.com Stadium beginning at 6:35pm. Right-hander Jesse Litsch (1-1, 2.45) takes the mound for New Hampshire against Binghamton right-hander Kevin Mulvey (1-2, 7.94).

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