The TinCaps lost for the ninth time in the last 13 games, falling 8-7 to the Lake County Captains at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio, on Thursday night.
The loss came in spite of a rally that saw the TinCaps score the last three runs.
Fort Wayne remained two games back of Dayton and Great Lakes, which played a late game, for the final division playoff spot.
The game was tied at 4 heading into the fifth inning, when the Captains got an RBI double from Clint Frazier. That was followed by an RBI single from Nellie Rodriguez, whose line-drive deflected off the pitcher.
The Captains tacked on two more runs in the sixth, for an 8-4 lead, when Brian Ruiz scored during a fielder’s choice and Claudio Bautista scored on a Frazier sacrifice fly.
Fort Wayne (56-72, 26-33 in second half) got two runs in the seventh, when Ronnie Richardson’s single scored Nick Schulz and Josh VanMeter. Jake Bauers scored on a Schulz eighth-inning groundout.
In the ninth, the TinCaps had a chance to tie it after Trea Turner had a no-outs double, but Ronnie Richardson and Fernando Perez struck out before a Franmil Reyes groundout.
Richardson was 3 for 5. For Lake County (58-70, 31-27), Frazier and Ivan Castillo were both 3 for 4.