The TinCaps got a much-needed win, 4-2 against the Lansing Lugnuts on Tuesday in Lansing, Michigan.
Fort Wayne (23-27, 53-66) had lost three straight games to drop further back in the second-half playoff race.
Elsewhere in the division, Dayton's game at Lake County was suspended because of rain and Great Lakes lost to Bowling Green. So entering Wednesday, the TinCaps trail Lake County by 2 games for the best record in the second half and Dayton by 1.5 games for the wild card. Great Lakes is 1 game ahead of Fort Wayne as well.
Lansing fell to 21-29 and 53-66.
Ronald Herrera (6-7) got the win for the TinCaps by scattering seven hits over five innings and giving up two earned runs. Ryan Butler picked up his sixth save.
Trea Turner, Dustin Peterson, Ronnie Richardson and Henry Charles all collected two hits as the TinCaps outhit the Lugnuts 12-10.
Charles and Richardson each hit solo home runs. It was Turner’s 16th multi-hit game as a member of the TinCaps.
Richardson, Charles, Josh VanMeter and Jake Bauers all had one RBI.
Fort Wayne scored single runs in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, while Lansing had a run in the third and fourth.
It was a rematch of Wednesday’s game at Parkview Field in which Starlyn Suriel (1-2) outpitched Herrera in a 7-0 Lansing win.