The TinCaps started with a bang and never let up in an impressive all-around performance Wednesday.
They improved to 3-1 in their last four games with a 9-2 victory at Quad Cities’ Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa.
Fort Wayne (38-56, 8-17 second half) erupted for four runs and six hits in the first inning, when they also had a runner thrown out at home.
That set the tone for a night in which rehabbing prospect Max Fried made his third appearance of the season and first for the TinCaps.
Fried went 3 2/3 innings and held the River Bandits to one run on five hits.
Payton Baskette (4-4) followed with 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball to earn his first victory since June 22.
The lineup, coming off an 11-run, 17-hit performance before Tuesday’s day off, carried over its momentum.
Dustin Peterson hit an RBI single, Jake Bauers an RBI double and Ryan Miller an RBI double. Ronnie Richardson’s RBI double made it 4-0.
In the top of the fourth, Trea Turner hit an RBI double and Peterson’s sacrifice fly gave the TinCaps a 6-1 edge.
Bauers and Miller hit back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh. Peterson hit his ninth home run in the ninth.
Quad Cities (47-47, 12-13) collected 10 hits but went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
Adrian Houser (4-4) was shelled for six runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Defensively, Fernando Perez committed his 16th error, but the TinCaps turned three double plays.
They must retool their bullpen before the three-game series resumes, as All-Star closer Nick Mutz was promoted to high-A Lake Elsinore.
Up next: Fort Wayne’s Yimmi Brasoban (0-4, 12.79 ERA) takes on Andrew Thurman (4-5, 4.83) in a matchup of right-handers.