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TinCaps buck trends in 8-5 win

The TinCaps found a bit of a spark, and the home-field advantage that has eluded them throughout the second half, in an 8-5 win against Dayton on Monday at Parkview Field.

Fort Wayne (62-57, 19-31 second half) was 25-11 at home in the first half of the season.

That record was good for the best at home in the Midwest League and helped the TinCaps secure a first-half playoff berth.

They've been nowhere near as good since, at home or otherwise. Fort Wayne was a league-worst 11-15 at home entering Monday's game, and the TinCaps had just three back-to-back wins during the second half.

They improved on that number, and their morale, with the second straight win against Dayton (55-65, 27-24).

The game started well for Fort Wayne, which racked up 10 hits and six runs on Dragons starter Sal Romano before his exit during a four-run fourth inning.

Starter Max Fried wasn't dominating, but he did well enough through those frames, as well. Then, a six-run advantage dwindled to a three-run lead as Fried tired and his relievers faltered.

Jorge Guzman came on for Fried in the top of the sixth with runners on first and third. His first pitch turned into a two-run triple for catcher Brandon Dailey, who would score on a single later in the inning.

The TinCaps have lost most of the ugly games they've played in the second half, and the collapses have become as dependable as Fort Wayne was at home in the first half.

Despite the energy falling off again, the TinCaps managed to squeeze out a win in front of 5,014 fans.

Roman Madrid picked up his 19th save of the season for the TinCaps, who improved to 5-5 in their last 10 games.