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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 11:00 pm

Greene stars, TinCaps rally for win

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Jorge Oña continued his on-base streak but that took a backseat to a furious rally by the TinCaps, who were down by three heading into the ninth inning and defeated the West Michigan Whitecaps 4-3 in 11 innings Wednesday at Comstock Park, Michigan.

Fort Wayne has won 13 of its last 18 games.

Oña, 20, has reached base in 27 straight games, the longest such streak this season for the TinCaps. He was 1 for 5 with a double and a run at Fifth Third Ballpark, while teammate Marcus Greene Jr. was the hero by going 4 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run.

With two outs in the 11th inning, Greene reached base on a single that was followed by a Buddy Reed single. Greene then made it 4-3 by scoring from third as Jack Suwinsky reached first on a fielding error by the West Michigan second baseman, Chad Sedio.

Wilmer Torres got the victory for the TinCaps (21-11 in second half, 47-55 overall), pitching 2 2/3 innings, striking out two and walking two and giving up two hits. Starter Pedro Avila worked six innings, giving up two runs and seven hits, striking out five and walking one.

Down 3-0, the TinCaps rallied to tie it in the top of the ninth inning, starting with a double by Oña, who was brought home by Brad Zunica’s groundball single. Tyler Benson, who replaced Zunica as a runner, scored on a Hudson Potts triple and Potts scored on a double Greene.

Taking the blown save and the loss for West Michigan (21-9, 66-31) was Trent Szkutnik, who worked three innings and gave up two runs (one earned) and four hits while striking out four.

Before the game, the San Diego Padres transferred left-handed pitcher Adrian Morejon to the TinCaps from the Tri-City Dust Devils, a Short-season Single-A team. He replaced right-handed reliever Blake Rogers, who moved to the Arizona League.

Morejon, an 18-year-old Cuban, is the No. 6 prospect in the Padres’ system and No. 81 in all of baseball. In seven starts with Tri-City, he had a 3.57 ERA and 35 strikeouts with only three walks in 35 1/3 innings of work.

Morejon, who got an $11-million signing bonus in 2016, is expected to pitch Saturday at Parkview Field against the Dayton Dragons.

jcohn@jg.net