DAYTON, Ohio – The Fort Wayne TinCaps collected 17 hits as they defeated the Dayton Dragons 7-3 on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Field. Fort Wayne avoided a sweep of the three-game series after the Dragons had taken the first two games on Friday and Saturday.
Fort Wayne scored four runs in the second inning to take an early lead against Dragons starting pitcher Austin Orewiler (1-4). The Dragons started back with a solo home run by Luis Gonzalez in the third inning to make it 3-1. The homer was the first of the season for Gonzalez. In the fourth, the Dragons scored again when Shed Long doubled to right, went to third on James Vasquez’s single, and scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.
But Fort Wayne scored one run in the sixth and two more in the seventh to extend their lead to 7-2. The Dragons had a chance to get much closer in the seventh but a bases-loaded double play ended their threat. They scored once in the seventh on Jose Duarte’s RBI single after a double by Vasquez and a single by Brantley Bell to make it 7-3, and loaded the bases with one out before Gonzalez grounded back to the pitcher to trigger an inning-ending double play. The Dragons did not have base runner over the final two innings.
Orewiler suffered his poorest start of the year. He worked three and two-thirds innings, allowing nine hits and four runs with a season-high four walks and one strikeout. Reliever Jeremy Kivel surrendered three runs in two innings of work.
The Dragons collected eight hits. Long and Vasquez each had two hits including a double. Bell extended his hitting streak to seven straight games with one hit. Tanner Rahier went 0 for 4 to snap his eight-game hitting streak, while Reydel Medina saw his hitting streak end at seven games with a hitless day in four at-bats.
The Dragons (17-46), winners of three of their last five games, open a three-game series vs. the South Bend Cubs (37-24) on Monday night at Fifth Third Field at 7:00 p.m. Jacob Constante (2-6, 5.17) will start for Dayton against South Bend’s Kyle Miller (0-1, 1.67).