Fort Wayne has a flair for the dramatic of late, as the TinCaps topped Bowling Green by a single run for the second consecutive outing.
Stephen Carmon drove home Jeremy Baltz on a sacrifice fly to right field in the top of the eighth inning to put Fort Wayne ahead 5-4 and the score held.
The TinCaps opened the scoring for the third straight day, this time with three runs in their first at bat off of previously unbeaten Hot Rod starting pitcher Jeff Ames.
Mallex Smith singled to open the game, and later scored on a triple by Alberth Martinez. Fort Wayne’s Maxx Tissenbaum proceeded to drive home Martinez for a 2-0 advantage, which was followed by Gabriel Quintana singling to extend his team-best hitting streak to 12 games.
Two batters later, Baltz brought home Tissenbaum with a single.
Bowling Green answered with a run to trim its deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the opening inning against TinCap starter Max Fried. However, Fort Wayne pushed its lead back to three runs (4-1) in the top of the third inning.
Quintana and Baltz both singled, and with runners at the corners, Brian Adams connected for an RBI-single to push home Quintana.
The Hot Rods responded with a pair of runs against Fried in the bottom half of the third to climb within 4-3, and Fried exited the game after four innings.
Matt Chabot entered in relief for Fort Wayne and the right-hander allowed the first four batters he faced to reach base on a pair of walks and two singles. He then settled down, and after allowing one run, which tied the game at four runs apiece, Chabot struck out consecutive hitters before inducing an inning-ending fly out.
In the eighth inning, Baltz (4-for-4 with a run and an RBI) led off with a single, which was followed by Adams (3-for-4) hitting a double, which advanced Baltz to third base.
With one out, Carmon lifted a fly ball to medium-right field that Joey Rickard caught. Baltz then tagged up and barely beat Rickard’s throw to score what proved to be the winning run.
Leonel Campos threw for the second straight outing and earned his first win of the season after throwing a scoreless seventh and eighth innings.
Roman Madrid also went for the second consecutive day and earned his ninth save.
The victory helped the TinCaps move to within 1 ½ games of the Hot Rods for the Eastern Division’s wild card spot.