Fort Wayne takes a 7-3 lead into the seventh inning, and the TinCaps are nine outs from locking up a Midwest League playoff spot in the first half of the season.
Lake County starter Ryan Merritt gave up four more hits and another run before his exit. The lefty threw five innings with 11 hits, four earned runs and three strikeouts.
Reliever Benny Suarez gave up two doubles and a run in his first inning, and after three runs in his first three innings, TinCaps starter Zach Eflin settled in.
Eflin went six innings and gave up seven hits and three runs. He struck out five and walked three.
Matthew Shepherd will come in for Eflin to try and keep the TinCaps in line for what would be their ninth straight win.