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Sunday, May 21, 2017 5:10 pm

Keel's gem helps TinCaps avoid sweep

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Behind Jerry Keel's pitching, the TinCaps avoided a four-game sweep and got back on track entering a long road trip.

Keel turned in seven shutout innings, and Nate Easley hit his first home run for Fort Wayne in Sunday's 4-0 win over Great Lakes before an announced attendance of 5,391 at Parkview Field.

The TinCaps (17-26) saw about everything go right except for Fernando Tatis Jr. finishing 0 for 3 to snap a 15-game hit streak.

Easley drove a curveball over the left-field fence in the fifth inning. The solo shot made it 3-0, and a run-scoring error by the Loons extended the advantage to 4-0 in the eighth.

A two-run third had given Fort Wayne the advantage. Rod Boykin (2 for 2 with a walk) hit an RBI triple and scored on Reinaldo Ilarraza's sacrifice fly.

That was all the offense needed for Keel, who allowed only two hits and had a career-high 11 strikeouts.

David Bednar pitched the final two innings for his fifth save.

The TinCaps begin an eight-game trip Monday night at West Michigan. After four games there, Fort Wayne plays four at South Bend.