LOWELL --Two high and fortuitous bounces helped to get the Spinners going.
Off they went, overcoming a 4-2 deficit with a four-run seventh inning Thursday night at LeLacheur Park to defeat the Connecticut Tigers, 6-4, in the prelude to the fireworks.
Danny Mars (3-for-5) doubled to right field to lead off the bottom of the seventh, then scored on Cole Sturgeon's bad-high-bounce single over the second baseman's head.
Sam Travis (2-for-4) followed with a high-bouncing single just beyond the shortstop's reach.
"We finally got a couple of breaks there, a couple hard-chop pops," said Lowell manager Joe Oliver, whose club improve to 11-9. "But that's what you need to kick the door open sometimes."
Nick Longhi did the kicking, ripping a two-run opposite-field double to right to put the Spinners ahead 5-4.
Longhi, who came into the game ranked third in the New York-Penn League in batting and is at .351 after going 1-for-4, later scored on a two-out single to right by Mauricio Dubon.
Right-hander Simon Mercedes, who pitched in Lowell last season (2-2, 3.13 in 63.1 innings) , was down from Salem on rehab start. Mercedes pitched three scoreless innings, allowing one single, one walk and striking out one. He left with Lowell leading 1-0.
Catcher Jordan Procyshen in his first professional at-bat had singled to center leading off the third. The 2014 14th-round pick out of Northern Kentucky University eventually scored on an E-6.
But Connecticut scored four runs in the sixth inning to go up 4-1.
The Spinners got one back in the bottom of the sixth on back-to-back one-out doubles by Cisco Tellez (2-for-4) and Jordan Betts.