A solo home run to lead off the second inning has proven the difference for South Bend through three innings at Parkview Field.
The TinCaps trail 1-0 after Silver Hawks left fielder Mike Lang took a Bryan Rodriguez fastball over the left field wall to start the second. Rodriguez gave up three hits in the inning, has walked two and tossed 64 pitches in his first three frames.
Fort Wayne came close twice but could not get across.
Mallex Smith stole his 58th base of the season and advanced to third on a ground ball in the first inning, but was thrown out at the plate on an ensuing fly ball.
In the second, Luis Domoromo got a double with one out and reached third on a wild pitch, but South Bend starter Rob Coe got two straight outs to end the threat. Coe gave up four hits in his first three innings.