A day after its longest game of the season, Fort Wayne put together one of its sharpest.
The TinCaps and South Bend flew through nine innings in a 5-2 win Thursday at Parkview Field. The TinCaps' first series win against South Bend came after a five-hour, 16-inning matchup between the teams Wednesday.
Fort Wayne starter Joe Ross breezed through his outing.
Ross gave up one earned run on a home run in the top of the fourth inning by first baseman Rudy Flores. He gave up five hits in seven innings and struck out three.
That was was good enough to give the TinCaps (67-61, 24-35 second half) a chance despite a similarly strong performance from South Bend starter Jesse Darrah.
Darrah gave up one earned run on six hits in his first six innings, but in the seventh, the TinCaps earned the lead.
Manager Jose Valentin brought in Mallex Smith to pinch run for second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum, who singled.
Smith stole second, his 59th of the season, then advanced to third on a wild throw from Darrah on a pickoff attempt.
The speedster scored on a sacrifice fly from catcher Rodney Daal to give Fort Wayne a 2-1 lead.
A RBI double from center fielder Alberth Martinez and single from designated hitter Reynaldo Bruguera made it 4-1.
Right fielder Hunter Renfroe came in for another run after his leadoff double in the eighth and that helped reliever Matthew Shepherd cruise to the finish.
Shepherd gave up Flores his second home run of the game in the top of the ninth, but that solo shot wasn't enough to get South Bend (77-52, 33-27) back in it.
Fort Wayne has won five of its last six matchups and is on a three-game winning streak.
Note: The TinCaps reinstated starter Shepherd from the disabled list and put starter Bryan Rodriguez on the disabled list before Thursday's game.