BURLINGTON, VT - Tyler Moore and Jose Lozada both hit two-run homers in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Vermont Lake Monsters snapped a 1-1 tie with a four-run outburst for a 5-1 victory over the Lowell Spinners in New York-Penn League action Saturday night at historic Centennial Field.
After Michael Guerrero led off the sixth with his second of three singles on the night, Moore smashed a 1-2 pitch from Lowell reliever Charlie Rosario (0-1) over the fence in leftfield for his first home run of the season to give Vermont a 3-1 lead. Two outs later, Ricky Nolan doubled and scored when Lozada smacked a 0-1 Rosario pitch down the rightfield line for his first homer of the year and a 5-1 lead.
The Lake Monsters got another great outing from its pitching staff as Vermont completed the three-game series sweep of Lowell by holding the Spinners to just one run for the third straight game with wins of 6-1, 2-1 and 3-1.
The last time that Lake Monsters allowed one or fewer runs in three straight games at Centennial Field was back in August of 1996 when Vermont swept a three-game series from New Jersey 3-1, 9-1 and 3-1.
Brad Peacock went the first five innings for the Lake Monsters on Saturday, allowing 1 run on just two hits with two walks (both in the first inning) and six strikeouts. Reliever Kevin Light (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings for the win, while Carlos Peralta closed out the game with four strikeouts in two scoreless innings.
Light had to work out of a huge jam in the top of the sixth with the game tied 1-1. He walked the first two batters of the inning and then loaded the bases on a Kade Keowen single. But Light got out of trouble by striking out Will Middlebrooks and getting Rafael Gil to hit into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.
The Lake Monsters took a 1-0 lead in the first as Derek Norris walked with two outs, went to third on a Jesus Valdez single and scored on an RBI single from Guerrero. The Spinners tied the game in the fourth when Ricardo Burgos doubled with one out and scored on a two-out RBI single from Keowen.
Vermont (6-6) has won three straight games, and went 4-2 on the six-game homestand, to get back to the .500 mark. The Lake Monsters head out on the road for three games at Tri-City and three games at State College before returning home to Centennial Field on Saturday, July 6th for a three-game series with the Batavia Muckdogs.
---Courtesy Vermont Lake Monsters.
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