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Lansing sneaks past TinCaps in 8th

FORT WAYNE – Jason Leblebijian hit an RBI double in the eighth inning to hand Lansing a 4-3 win over the TinCaps on Wednesday at Parkview Field.

The Lugnuts (31-34) were better early on, scoring twice in the second and once in the third for a 3-1 lead. Right-hander Chase De Jong allowed only one run on a wild pitch through four innings.

The TinCaps (28-37) put together their only rally in the fifth to tie it at 3. Ronnie Richardson hit a two-strike homer, his first, to the seats in left. With two down, Dustin Peterson legged out an opposite-field triple, and Fernando Perez then chased De Jong with an RBI single off the wall in right.

But that was the extent of Fort Wayne's attack, which consisted of nine hits and no walks.

TinCaps first baseman Jake Bauers was 1 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to 17 games.

Adrian De Horta went 2 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on four hits and five walks. The TinCaps bullpen backed him up with solid relief until Coby Cowgill (2-2) lost in his return from the disabled list.

Griffin Murphy worked around a two-out single by Josh VanMeter for the save. Richardson flied to center for the final out.

Phil Kish picked up the win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

NOTES: TinCaps reliever Wilson Santos was sent to short-season Eugene to clear a roster spot for Cowgill, who was reinstated hours before the game. … As part of Military Appreciation Night, the TinCaps wore red, white and blue jerseys that said “USA” on the back and had stars on the left sleeve. The team said nearly 900 tickets were donated to current and former military members.

For more on the game, read Thursday's Journal Gazette or return to "Full Count" later tonight or www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m.

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