---- — TROY, N.Y. — The Lowell Spinners got clutch hitting from the bottom of their order, a solid start from Ty Buttrey and strong defense in the field to grab a 4-2 victory over the Tri-City ValleyCats yesterday.
The Spinners have won four in a row and six of their last seven games, putting the team just one game behind the ValleyCats in the Stedler Division.
Lowell (10-6) broke open a scoreless tie in the fourth inning as Reed Gragnani singled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a stolen base and a throwing error. After a Jake Romanski walk, Cleuluis Rondon smacked a triple deep into the right field gap that easily scored Gragnani and Romanski.
Williams Jerez greeted Tri-City reliever Charles Basford with a single up the middle that scored Rondon for a three-run lead.
Buttrey (2-1, 3.77) worked in and out of jams throughout an eventful five innings, striking out just one batter, but it was the last batter he faced to end a bases-loaded, no-out Tri-City threat in the fifth inning. The 2012 Red Sox 4th-round pick collected his second win of the season.
Taylor Grover relieved Buttrey and threw two scoreless innings, while Greg Larsen picked up his third save of the season, allowing a leadoff hit in the eighth and then setting down six straight to shut the door.
The bottom four of the Lowell batting order carried the team as Gragnani, Romanski, Rondon and Jerez were a combined 8 for 15 with all four RBI. Gragnani pushed his average to .325 with a four-hit night.
Muno slamsFisher Cats
MANCHESTER — Binghamton leadoff batter Daniel Muno had a night to remember, slamming two home runs and driving in all seven runs in a 7-6 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
The Fisher Cats (48-45) took a 4-0 lead in the third but Binghamton took control with four runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth with Muro driving home all the runs.