Dayton scored four unanswered runs, including the winning score in the bottom of the eighth inning, to claim a 4-3 Midwest League victory over the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Saturday at Fifth Third Field in Dayton.
With the game tied 3-3 entering the bottom of the eighth, the Dragons (20-26, 50-56) scored the winning run with the benefit of a Fort Wayne error.
Jefry Sierra hit a one-out single, then moved to second when TinCaps pitcher Luis De La Cruz misfired on a pickoff attempt to first base. The Dragons then loaded the bases with a walk and a hit batsman.
Another single brought in the go-ahead run, and the TinCaps (28-20, 59-59) meekly went down1-2-3 in the top of the ninth inning.
Fort Wayne broke out to a 3-0 lead with two runs in the second and one in the third. Duanel Jones doubled in the first run, then scored on B.J. Guinn’s sacrifice fly.
The TinCaps increased their lead to 3-0 an inning later when Mike Gallic, who hit a one-out triple, trotted in on Yeison Asencio’s single.
Dayton scored twice in the bottom of the third to trim its deficit to 3-2, then tied the game with a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Both teams finished with seven hits. Gallic, Asencio and Jones had two hits each for the TinCaps.
Matthew Wisler was the starting Fort Wayne pitcher. He worked five innings and gave up two earned runs, while striking out nine and walking one. De La Cruz (4-5) was given the pitching loss.
Fort Wayne resumes its three-game series with Dayton at 4 p.m. today. The final game is 7 p.m. Monday.
The TinCaps complete the six-game trip at Lansing, beginning Wednesday.