Fort Wayne extended its season-best winning streak to six with a 5-4 victory against Dayton at Fifth Third Field on Monday.
The TinCaps (22-13) went from 6-10 in road games to 9-10 after a sweep of the Dragons (12-24). The final win of the series proved taxing.
Fort Wayne struggled to handle Dayton starter Robert Stephenson. He threw six innings with one unearned run and struck out seven, while his Dragons went to work on the TinCaps hurlers.
Starter Walker Weickel went four innings for Fort Wayne, with two runs -- one earned -- to his credit. Matthew Shepherd came on in relief, but gave up two more runs to pad the Dragons' lead.
But once Stephenson left the game, the TinCaps went to work.
Fort Wayne put up two runs in the seventh and a pair more in the eighth on Wandy Peralta, who was credited with the loss and a blown save. Three of Peralta's runs were earned, including two on a home run from Brian Adams in the seventh inning. It was Adams' fifth homer of the year.
Chris Nunn picked up the win and Roman Madrid the save for Fort Wayne. Madrid's save was his sixth of the season, and the closer has yet to give up an earned run.
The TinCaps carry momentum into a three-game series against Bowling Green, which is tied for the lead in the Midwest League Eastern Division. Fort Wayne is a game back and dropped two of three against the Hot Rods (23-12) on a road trip earlier this season.