Coming off a stretch with only two wins its last six games, the Staples baseball team needed to stop the bleeding and regain the momentum of its 10-0 start.

On Wednesday, against Wilton ace Paul Merola, the Wreckers scored nine two-out runs in the third and fifth innings, cruising to a 12-1 win in the matchup of FCIAC playoff contenders.

Colin McCarthy went 2-for-3 with a 3-run homer in the third inning and three runs scored to lead the Staples attack. His two-out, 10-pitch walk in the fifth started a six-run rally that inflated a three run lead to a 10-1 margin.

Bryan Terzian (4-for-4, thee RBI) and Tyler Jacobs (2-for4) also had multi-hit games for Staples.

"Recently it's been a bit iffy, but today our two-strike and two-out swings were really good," McCarthy said. "We put ourselves into a position to get clutch hits and we did."

The win solidifies Staples' (12-4, 11-4) position as the No. 4 seed in the FCIAC heading into the final two weeks of the season. Wilton (11-5, 9-5) drops one spot to No. 7 on a busy day of matchups between playoff contenders. Only two games now separate No. 2 Danbury from No. 8 Norwalk, which is behind Wilton via tiebreaker.

"This is the kind of game you can't get too down on losing or too high if you win because tomorrow is another crucial game," Wilton coach Tim Eagen said. "As a coach you have to bring these kids back because we are a good team and will stay good.

"After all, all their damage came with two outs and on garbage," Eagen said. "The kid [McCarthy] battled that at-bat with two outs that started the rally [in the fifth], we dropped a pop up, and then botched a few grounders that led to runs. Good teams take advantage of those mistakes and Staples did."

Both pitchers had good stuff early, though Wilton scratched a run in the first without getting a hit. But while Staples lefty ace Rob Gau (4-0) stayed strong, throwing 80 pitches while scattering four hits and striking out six in six innings, Merola had trouble finishing the Wreckers after getting two outs.

In the third, Staples had runners on the corners with one out before Mickey Scott's sacrifice fly to center field was caught by Evan Roux, who for the second time in a row made a diving catch on a sinking Scott liner. After a walk to Brendan Bernstein, McCarthy drove a 1-2 fastball over the leftfield fence. The next two Staples batters singled before Merola forced a fly out to end the inning.

In the fifth, Merola got the first two hitters before his battle with McCarthy yielded a walk. Jacobs and Terzian followed with singles before two Wilton errors -- a dropped pop up on the mound and a booted grounder -- a bases loaded walk, and an RBI single led to six runs.

"I think this was a great game for us," McCarthy said. "It give us all the momentum in the world just when we needed it."

Staples coach Jack McFarland was pleased with his teams' ability to put the ball in play and make things happen, citing their one strikeout as testament, but praised Gau for ending the slide.

"We had a decision about whether to throw Robert today or Friday [against one-loss St. Joseph]," McFarland said. "But the bottom line was that we had a win today in order to get to 12 wins and guarantee a spot in the playoffs. He was very clean and efficient today. Beating St. Joe's would be great, but we needed a win now."