Bouncing back from a three-game skid, the TinCaps used strong pitching by Cody Hebner and a balanced, 12-hit attack to knock off Bowling Green 6-3 on Sunday night at Parkview Field in the opener of a three-game series.
The TinCaps (57-74, 27-35) pulled within a half game of the Hot Rods (59-71, 27-34) in the Eastern Division playoff race. Dayton beat Great Lakes 4-2 Sunday. The TinCaps are two games back of Dayton for the wild card.
Hebner (2-4) went five innings and gave up two runs on four hits with a career-high 11 strikeouts. He fired 58 of 85 pitches for strikes.
The TinCaps jumped ahead in the second inning on an RBI single by Ryan Miller, a run-scoring error by Hot Rods pitcher Chris Kirsch and an RBI single by Nick Schulz.
Dustin Peterson, who committed a game-losing error Saturday night at Lake County, connected for an RBI double in the third to make it 4-0.
Bowling Green scored twice in the fifth on an RBI triple by Willy Adames and an RBI grounder by Alexander Simon.
Jake Bauers hit an RBI single in the first to make it 5-2 before the Hot Rods answered with an RBI double by Elias Torres in the top of the sixth.
Justin Livengood pitched two innings for Fort Wayne and gave up one run on one hit. Nick Mutz worked the eighth and Eric Yardley, following Trea Turner’s insurance RBI single in the eighth, earned the save with a perfect ninth.