The TinCaps wanted to finish their season strong as they prepare for a playoff game against Bowling Green on Wednesday.
An eight-run inning early in an 11-10 win against Great Lakes on Monday at Parkview Field did just that.
Fort Wayne (72-67, 29-41 second half) lit up Loons starter Brandon Martinez and replacement Thomas Taylor with the type of timely hitting manager Jose Valentin hopes the TinCaps can carry into their best-of-three series against the Hot Rods.
Shortstop Tyler Stubblefield started the offense in the bottom of the second with a two-out single to right-center. The hit drove in left fielder Luis Domoromo and became a blip on the radar after the following inning.
Fort Wayne welcomed its 2 millionth fan in the past five seasons Monday, and the 6,083 who showed up for the milestone got a show. Catcher Rodney Daal and center fielder Mallex Smith led off the third with consecutive singles, and right fielder Brian Adams moved the pair over on a sacrifice bunt.
Then came two more singles, from second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum and third baseman Diego Goris. A strikeout by designated hitter Hunter Renfroe broke up the action, but Fort Wayne had six consecutive batters reach base –- and six more score –- before the end of the inning.
Great Lakes (67-72, 40-29) got its first run in the top of the fifth off an error by first baseman Luis Tejada, but the TinCaps tacked on another in the bottom half after yet another error.
The Loons rallied in the top of the sixth with five runs off reliever Matthew Chabot, who was the fifth Fort Wayne pitcher Monday. They put up another four in the seventh to tie it and chase Chabot.
But errors hurt Great Lakes again in the bottom half.