Center fielder Chris Roller lined a single to center, driving in two runs in the ninth inning Wednesday and sending the Great Lakes Loons to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the TinCaps at Dow Diamond in Midland, Michigan.
Fort Wayne (59-67, 27-30 second half) led 1-0 into the ninth inning, but reliever Dylan Coleman was unable to record an out in that inning before being pulled. The Loons loaded the bases against Coleman on a single and two walks before manager Anthony Contreras brought in left-hander Fred Schlichtholz.
Schlichtholz got the first out on a fly ball to center, but Roller, hitting ninth in the order, came up with the game-winning single, his third hit of the game. Roller came into the game batting just .207.
The TinCaps' loss, combined with a West Michigan victory, drops Fort Wayne out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Division. The TinCaps have lost four in a row since a six-game winning streak and are a half-game behind West Michigan for the final playoff spot in the division's second-half standings.
The game was scoreless into the sixth, when Fort Wayne plated its only run. Owen Miller, who went 2 for 4, started the rally with a one-out double and later scored when Gabriel Arias grounded to second and Daniel Mann booted the ball. Arias reached third on the play, which also featured two Great Lakes throwing errors, but was stranded there.
TinCaps starter Tom Cosgrove was dominant through six shutout innings, striking out seven and walking two while giving up just three hits. He was coming off a career-high 11 strikeouts in his last start.
Note: Before the game, TinCaps left-hander MacKenzie Gore was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a fingernail issue.