The TinCaps’ bullpen held on as long as was necessary.
Catcher Ryan Miller finally hit a game-winning solo home run in the top of the 12th inning as the TinCaps won 3-1 at South Bend Friday in a game that had been tied at 1 since the fifth.
Miller, whose eight homers lead the team, went 3 for 5. Josh VanMeter hit an RBI single later in the 12th.
The TinCaps (35-42, 5-3 second half) got terrific pitching on a night the bats were relatively quiet.
Starter Ronald Herrera went five innings and gave up one run on four hits.
Jorge Guzman then pitched two scoreless innings, Eric Yardley got three outs and Nick Mutz worked the 9th and 10th innings. Tony Rizzotti (3-2) pitched the final two innings to get the victory.
TinCaps slugger Franmil Reyes had an RBI single in the first.
Chuck Taylor, South Bend’s No. 9 batter, tied it with an RBI double in the fifth.
The Silver Hawks (43-34, 3-5) were held to seven hits in the opener of the four-game series at Four Winds Field.
The TinCaps received outfielder Nick Schulz from short-season Eugene to take the roster spot of Fernando Perez, on the disabled list with a groin injury.
Schulz singled as a pinch-hitter in the 12th and remained in the game in right field.