The TinCaps jumped on Lansing with two runs in the top of the first inning and took advantage of four Lugnuts errors in a 5-3 Midwest League victory Thursday at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing, Mich.
It was the eighth consecutive victory over Lansing for the TinCaps (35-23), who sprayed 11 hits but scored three unearned runs in the process.
Mallex Smith led off with a single, then scurried to second base on a throwing error. Smith then moved to third base on Alberth Martinez’ bunt single. Maxx Tissenbaum’s sacrifice fly to center brought in Smith and moved Martinez to third, from where he score on Diego Goris’ ground out.
The TinCaps got a run in the fourth on a double from Luis Tejada, who eventually scored on a Lansing throwing error.
Fort Wayne got its final two runs in the fifth.
Maxx Tissenbaum was hit with a pitch and advanced to third on a fielding error. Tissenbaum scored on Tejada’s fielder’s choice. After stealing second, Tejada scored on Chris Burke’s single.
Four TinCaps had two hits each: Smith, Tejada, Corey Adamson and Rodney Daal.
Bryan Rodriguez started on the mound for the TinCaps to earn his first victory of the season.
Rodriguez threw five innings, gave up five hits, one earned run and allowed one walk.
Lansing (25-31) had sliced the Fort Wayne lead to 5-3 with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. But Leonel Campos relieved Matthew Shepherd to get the final out of the eighth inning, then returned in the bottom of the ninth for his fourth save.
Campos recorded three strikeouts in the ninth innings.