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Fort Wayne scored eight runs in the first four innings to cruise past West Michigan 10-5 in its final game of the first half Sunday at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Mich.

The TinCaps (43-26) had 17 hits against the Whitecaps (33-37) in their last game before the Midwest League All-Star break.

Fort Wayne finished the first half in second place in the Midwest League Eastern Division and gets a wild-card berth to the playoffs at the end of the regular season.

The 43-26 mark was good for the third-best half in franchise history, and it was the second-best first-half finish.

Fort Wayne teed off on starter Edgar De La Rosa.

De La Rosa gave up eight earned runs on nine hits and didn’t strike out any batters before his exit after 3 1/3 innings.

TinCaps starter Justin Hancock turned in another solid start, with five hits and one earned run to his credit. Hancock, who struck out five, picked up the win and moved to 5-1 as a starter.

Fort Wayne went 8 for 13 with runners in scoring position during the first half finale. Shortstop Diego Goris paced the TinCaps with a 3 for 5 day and three RBI, and five other Fort Wayne batters also registered multi-hit days.

The TinCaps will send four players – starting pitcher Joe Ross, catcher Dane Phillips, first baseman Luis Tejada and closer Roman Madrid – to the All-Star game on Tuesday in Dayton.