Fort Wayne put up four runs in the fifth inning and is nine outs away from advancing over Bowling Green in the Midwest League playoffs. The TinCaps lead 9-3 after six innings.
Hot Rods reliever Andrew Hanse, who came in for starter Reinaldo Lopez after three innings, didn't fare much better than his counterpart. Hanse went two frames and gave up five hits and five runs, two of those earned.
Fort Wayne catcher Rodney Daal got his ninth home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth to give the TinCaps their eight-run advantage.
Starter Zach Eflin went six innings for Fort Wayne, which is 31-19 when its starter goes six or more innings. Eflin gave up five hits, two earned runs and one walk while striking out five Hot Rods.
Bryan Rodriguez will come on to relieve Eflin.