The TinCaps had their winning streak snapped at four games as they lost 4-3 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on tonight.
Fort Wayne (10-17, 40-57 overall) outhit Cedar Rapids 8-5 and belted two home runs.
Jake Bauers opened scoring in the fourth with a solo home run, his seventh of the season, that the Kernels (14-13, 45-52) equaled in the bottom of the inning.
Nick Schulz put Fort Wayne ahead 2-1 in the fifth with his first home run as a Fort Wayne player.
Bauers and Schultz both finished 1 for 4 with one RBI apiece.
Cedar Rapids broke through in the sixth when Tanner Vavra capitalized on a throwing error from Kyle Lloyd to score. The Kernels would get additional runs from Engelb Vielma and Logan Wade to give them the 4-2 lead.
Reynaldo Bruguera’s seventh inning run for Fort Wayne would prove to be the end of scoring for both sides. Bruguera had singled on a grounder, advanced to second on a Josh VanMeter single and scored off a Trea Turner single.
Turner, a first round pick, has gone 11 for 25 in the week he’s been with the TinCaps, with an average of .440.
VanMeter, who went 2 for 4, has improved on his average by batting .364 in the last 10 games, raising his overall average to .253.
Lloyd (3-4) pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) off four hits and struck out eight. Jorge Guzman came on as a reliever and allowed a single, while striking out three.
Reliever Chris Mazza (2-2) was awarded the win for the Kernels by pitching 2 2/3 innings, allowing one run off four hits and striking out two.
The TinCaps play game two of their three-game series at Cedar Rapids starting at 3:05 p.m. today.