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The Journal Gazette

Monday, June 26, 2017 10:20 pm

Lawson pitches TinCaps past Cubs

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Reggie Lawson pitched into the fifth inning Monday night before allowing a hit, and the TinCaps' winning ways continued.

After taking three out of four games from Bowling Green to open the second half of the season, Fort Wayne returned home and beat South Bend 5-1 to kick off a four-game series at Parkview Field.

Lawson went six innings and gave up Jhonny Pereda's RBI double with two outs in the fifth. It was the only run and only hit Lawson (2-3) allowed as the 19-year-old right-hander also had six strikeouts.

The Cubs (40-34, 1-4 second half) started All-Star righty Duncan Robinson but fell behind early. Robinson went six innings and gave up three runs, all in the first, on five hits with five strikeouts.

Jorge Ona, Jack Suwinski and Reinaldo Ilarraza connected for RBI singles to make it 3-0, and Fort Wayne added insurance runs in the seventh on Fernando Tatis Jr.'s RBI double and Buddy Reed's RBI single.

Wilmer Torres (two innings) and Blake Rogers (one) followed Lawson with scoreless relief.

The TinCaps (30-45, 4-1) outhit South Bend 8-1 and had two stolen bases.