Max Fried didn't rely on just one pitch in picking up his first professional win Friday in a 9-1 decision over the Lake County Captains at Parkview Field.
Fried (1-0) said he could use his curve ball any time during the count and the four- and two-seam fastballs were both effective.
He said he struggled early with his changeup but got it under control late in his five-inning outing.
He threw 83 pitches and 49 went for strikes.
"For the most part, I was happy with my control considering the circumstances and situations, and it was enough to help my team win," the left-hander said.
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Fried allowed three hits and no runs, while striking out eight and walking two.
In his first start of the season April 5, the No. 7 selection in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft got a no-decision on the road at Great Lakes.
He was 0-1 last year in short-season Arizona League rookie ball.
After losing three straight on the road, the TinCaps started their first homestand of the year with two wins over the Captains by allowing only 1 run and five hits.
"After us losing three games in a row, getting the two wins was big, and really we are just doing it for the fans," Fried said.
Fort Wayne (5-3) continued its strong pitching against Lake County (1-6).
TinCaps pitchers didn't give up a run in 17 straight innings, including 13 against Lake County, until the Captains scored an unearned run in the ninth.