The TinCaps pulled even with the Lansing Lugnuts with two runs in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday night.
But the comeback was short lived.
Daniel Klein scored off a wild pitch by pitcher Eric Yardley – it was Fort Wayne’s second wild pitch of the inning – and that cemented a 3-2 victory for the Lugnuts in front of 4,277 fans at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing, Michigan.
It was Fort Wayne’s fourth loss in its last five games.
The TinCaps mustered only four hits – by Trea Turner, Dustin Peterson, Fernando Perez and Ryan Miller – as the Lugnuts used five pitchers. Their starter, Brent Powers, went five innings and gave up one hit, while striking out seven walking four.
Fort Wayne starter Jimmy Brasoban also went five innings, giving up two runs and five hits, while striking out three and walking four.
Lansing (54-66, 22-29 in second half) went up 2-0 in the fourth on RBI singles by D.J. Davis and David Harris.
The TinCaps (53-67, 23-28) answered in the seventh when Turner’s RBI single scored Ronnie Richardson and Peterson’s single brought in Nick Schulz.
Fort Wayne is 7-7 against Lansing this season.