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Bullpen breaks down as TinCaps fall in 10th

FORT WAYNE – Jason Leblebijian’s RBI triple in the 10th inning allowed Lansing to avoid a three-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the TinCaps on Saturday at Parkview Field.

The TinCaps (19-29) edged ahead 3-2 in the seventh on Dustin Peterson’s two-out, two-run double. The bullpen broke down, however, as usually reliable setup man Tayron Guerrero gave up an RBI groundout to Seth Conner in the eighth.

Luis Tejada’s RBI single in the fourth appeared for a time as though it would hold up. TinCaps starter Payton Baskette completed five scoreless innings. He left the bases loaded in the fifth to keep the score 1-0.

But a bizarre play occurred at home plate in the sixth when TinCaps catcher Adolfo Reina dropped a strong throw home by center fielder Mallex Smith. The error let Lansing tie the game at 1.

Eric Yardley relieved Tony Rizzotti with men on first and third and one out in the seventh. With two outs, Yardley gave up a go-ahead RBI single to Mitch Nay. That put Lansing ahead for the first time at 2-1.

The Lugnuts (24-24) got five innings of one-run ball from Brad Allen, and their bullpen was a little sharper than Fort Wayne’s.