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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 2:10 pm

Boykin, TinCaps rally past Timber Rattlers

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

The TinCaps' three-game losing streak appeared likely to be extended Wednesday until Rod Boykin saw a pitch he could drive.

The outfielder's go-ahead, two-run home run in the seventh inning helped Fort Wayne rally to beat Wisconsin 3-2 on Wednesday afternoon and avoid a three-game sweep at Parkview Field.

The Timber Rattlers (14-16) had just engineered a stunning turnaround in the top of the seventh without even needing to hit the ball out of the infield. Monte Harrison's RBI single off the glove of Eguy Rosario at third base tied the score at 1, and a two-out run-scoring error by Nate Easley at second allowed Harrison to alertly break for the plate and slide in for a 2-1 lead.

Boykin's long ball, his third of the year, came with two down off Nattino Diplan. It landed in the left-field seats.

Jack Suwinski, batting in the leadoff spot for Fort Wayne, finished 1 for 3 with a sacrifice fly that made it 1-0 in the fifth.

The TinCaps (12-21) got a fine outing from Jerry Keel, who pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits. Wisconsin's runs came after Blake Rogers entered, but Rogers ended up being the winning pitcher.

David Bednar earned his third save in four opportunities, retiring Harrison on a comebacker for the final out with a runner on first.