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Norris shuts down Fightin Phils as Fisher Cats win, 7-1

Daniel Norris matched his career best by working 6.2 innings with eight strikeouts as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats won the rubber game of a five-game series with Reading, 7-1, yesterday.

Norris (3-1) allowed five hits and did not walk a batter in earning the win. The 21-year old southpaw has allowed just two earned runs in 15.2 inning in his last three starts. Mickey Storey worked 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

The Fisher Cats (55-60) opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the second. K.C. Hobson walked and Jack Murphy singled. After a fielder’s choice, Andy Fermin’s sacrifice fly plated Hobson to make it 1-0.

New Hampshire scored six times in the bottom of the third. Jon Berti (3-for-4) was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a fielder’s choice. Andy Burns doubled home a run and Hobson doubled home two more to make it 5-0. Fermin knocked in his second run of the game with a fielder’s choice and Jorge Flores delivered a run-scoring single.

Reading (47-67) scored its run on a solo home run by Zach Collier in the top of the fifth.

The Fisher Cats open a six-game road trip tomorrow night in Erie before returning home Aug. 12 to take on Richmond.

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