Travis Jankowski had two singles and two RBI for the TinCaps in a 5-2 victory against Lansing in Game 1 of Eastern Division opening-round series in front of 1,874 fans Wednesday at Parkview Field.
Tyler Stubblefield also had three hits, including a solo home run in the eighth inning.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Thursday at Lansing.
The TinCaps scored their run in the first inning. Yeison Asencio singled with two outs. Travis Whitmore knocked him in with a triple to center field.
Lansing tied the game with a run in the second. Chris Hawkins walked with two outs. Gustavo Pierre knocked in with a double to left field.
The Lugnuts scored another two-out run in the third inning. Jason Leblebijian had a two-out single. K.C. Hobson drove him in with a double to right field.
The TinCaps took the lead with two runs in the fifth inning.
Kyle Gaedele led off with a walk. Stubblefield then singled to right, putting runners on the corners.
Jankowski singled to left field on a 1-2 pitch, bringing home Gaedele to tie the game at 2.
Shawn Griffith replaced Lansing starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard. Jace Peterson placed a bunt down the third-base line. Griffith fielded it cleanly and threw to third to try to get the lead runner. The throw went wide of Pierre and down the left-field line. Stubblefield scored, giving the TinCaps a 3-2 lead.
A pair of infield hits extended the lead in the sixth. With two outs and a runner on second, Stubblefield reached on an infield hit to third.
Austin Hedges moved to third on the hit. Jankowski then hit a slow grounder to short. He beat Shane Opitz's throw to first. Hedges scored on the play, making it 4-2.
Stubblefield hit a one-out home run for the game's final run.