A Fort Wayne skid in the third inning continued into its next three, and the TinCaps trail West Michigan 9-3 with three innings left at Parkview Field.
The Whitecaps put up two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to turn a tie ballgame into a six-run lead. TinCaps starter Bryan Rodriguez was pulled after 4 1/3 innings. He gave up two earned runs and four hits, but reached 85 pitches thanks to a long third inning.
Reliever Joe Church got a double play to end the fifth inning, but in the sixth, he was lit up. The Whitecaps tallied six hits, including a three-run home run by right fielder Jake Stewart.
As West Michigan heated up, Fort Wayne went cold. The TinCaps had four hits in the first inning, but just two since. Whitecaps starter Endrys Briceno managed to go five innings after his rocky start. He wound up with three earned runs, six hits and one strikeout to his credit.
Yorfrank Lopez came on for Briceno in the sixth and retired the first three batters he faced.