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Peterson ties it, Reina wins it as TinCaps rally past West Michigan

Dustin Peterson launched a tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth and Adolfo Reina won it with a two-run shot in the 10th as the TinCaps overcame a five-run deficit for an 8-6 walk-off win over West Michigan on Saturday at Parkview Field.

With pinch-runner Mallex Smith on third and one out, Reina crushed his first homer to left center off right-hander Scott Sitz.

Peterson had been 0 for 4 before connecting off Montreal Robertson for his fifth homer. It landed on the concourse beyond the left-field foul pole.

TinCaps right-hander Kyle Lloyd, making his fifth start, went five innings and gave up five runs on seven hits with six strikeouts.

The TinCaps (25-30) were behind 5-0 entering the bottom of the fourth before beginning a long climb. Ryan Miller drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth and Fernando Perez drove in a run on an infield single in the fifth. A run scored on an error by Whitecaps shortstop Willy Adames in the sixth.

Adames wasted no time atoning, as his RBI double in the seventh made it 6-3.

The TinCaps, who have won eight of their last 10, got an RBI double from Jake Bauers and a two-out RBI single by Henry Charles to draw within 6-5 in the eighth.

Unbeaten Whitecaps starter Austin Kubitza allowed only two other runs besides the one that scored on Adames’ misplay.

West Michigan (31-24) took two of three in the teams’ first series in April. This three-game set resumes Sunday for the middle game at 3 p.m.

For more on this game, read Sunday's Journal Gazette or return to "Full Count" later tonight or www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m.

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