Henry Charles hit a long home run and made a key defensive play, and Kyle Lloyd pitched a gem as the TinCaps put an end to their 13-game losing streak with a 6-1 win over South Bend on Saturday at Parkview Field.
Lloyd (3-3) went six innings and gave up five hits with 13 strikeouts, two shy of the franchise’s single-game record. The only run he allowed was a solo homer by Daniel Palka in the first inning.
The TinCaps (36-55, 6-16 second half) won for the first time since June 27.
Charles, playing for the first time since July 2, showed no problems with his left wrist, crushing a mammoth two-run shot off the top of the 400 Club in center field in the fourth. That gave the TinCaps a 5-1 lead.
They got RBI singles from Franmil Reyes and Jake Bauers as part of a three-run first, and Ronnie Richardson added an insurance run in the sixth with an RBI single.
South Bend (55-36, 15-7) saw shortstop Andrew Velazquez get on base for the 71st straight game. That ties a minor league record shared by Kevin Millar and Kevin Youkilis.
Charles made a leaping catch against the wall in left to end the seventh. Daniel Palka was robbed of extra bases, and two runs would have scored on the play.