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TinCaps win 4th series in row

The TinCaps secured their fourth consecutive series win with a 5-3 win over West Michigan in Comstock Park on Sunday.

Fort Wayne has now won eight of its last 11 games.

After West Michigan scored in the third, Nick Schulz opened scoring for the TinCaps (19-23, 49-62 overall) with a two-run, bases-loaded double in the fourth, bringing in Jake Bauers and Ryan Miller. The TinCaps then made it 3-1 when John VanMeter drove home Reynaldo Brugera on a groundout to pitcher Kevin Ziomek.

West Michigan (27-15, 68-44) evened the game with two runs at the bottom of the sixth.

Fort Wayne responded in the top of the seventh. With Ronnie Richardson at third and Henry Charles at second, Bauers hit a line-drive double to bring in both runners. Bauers finished 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run.

VanMeter returned to the lineup after sitting out Saturday. He went 1 for 4 and has a nine-game hitting streak, his longest of the year.

TinCaps starter Cody Hebner left in the third because of tightness in his back, according to Padres vice president of player development Randy Smith.

Reliever Jason Jester (1-1) allowed one hit over two innings to get the win. Ryan Butler pitched the ninth to get his fifth save.

The TinCaps return to Parkview Field today, beginning a seven-game homestand. First pitch against Lansing is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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