Fort Wayne broke a five-game losing streak with a 6-5 win against Bowling Green on Sunday at Bowling Green Ballpark in Kentucky.
The TinCaps (26-22) bounced back from their season-worst losing streak and moved to five games behind the Hot Rods (29-20), who hold the first-half wild card spot in the Midwest League Eastern Division.
Fort Wayne broke a slump at the plate with two home runs Sunday, a three-run homer from third baseman Gabriel Quintana in the first inning and a two-run shot from second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum in the eighth inning.
It was Quintana's fifth home run of the season and Tissenbaum's second.
The TinCaps had only six hits but made them count. Fort Wayne was 2 for 5 with runners in scoring position and left two runners on base in nine innings.
That helped starter Joe Ross and his relief staff survive an 11-hit onslaught from the Hot Rods.
Ross went six innings and gave up nine hits and four earned runs, including a two-run homer in a three-run sixth inning for Bowling Green.
The Hot Rods went ahead 5-4 in the seventh after reliever Michael Kelly loaded the bases with one out. He got out of the jam, and Tissenbaum's blast in the top of the eighth put Fort Wayne back in front.
The TinCaps stayed there. Leonel Campos came on for the hold in the bottom of the eighth, and Roman Madrid picked up his eighth save of the season for Fort Wayne.
The Hot Rods and TinCaps will play a rubber game at 3:05 p.m. Monday in Bowling Green. A win would give Fort Wayne its first consecutive wins since a six-game winning streak from May 8-13.