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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:20 pm

TinCaps blow late lead, fall to Lugnuts

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

The TinCaps were in position to extend their season-long four-game winning streak but faltered in the late innings Sunday.

Capitalizing on ineffective relief pitching, Lansing scored five runs in the seventh, and Edward Olivares' solo home run in the eighth lifted the Lugnuts to a 6-5 win before an announced crowd of 6,820 at Parkview Field.

Fort Wayne (23-40) used homers from Reinaldo Ilarraza, Rod Boykin and Fernando Tatis Jr. to build a 3-0 lead in support of Reggie Lawson, who pitched six shutout innings and had eight strikeouts while allowing two hits.

The Lugnuts (34-26) broke out when Nick Monroe took the mound in the seventh as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Nash Knight hit RBI singles. With one out, Monroe was removed, and J.B. Woodman greeted Blake Rogers with a go-ahead three-run homer that came on a 3-0 pitch.

In the bottom of the inning, Jorge Ona, the No. 3 hitter in the TinCaps' lineup, tied the score at 5 with a two-out, two-run single.

That momentum quickly faded when Olivares, who has homered in every game of this four-game series that concludes Monday night, went deep against Emmanuel Ramirez in the top of the eighth. In the bottom half, Kirby Snead retired Fort Wayne in order.

In the bottom of the ninth, A.J. Kennedy and Tatis hit back-to-back one-out singles, but Connor Eller finished off his first save for Lansing.