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TinCaps fall to West Michigan

The TinCaps failed to win back-to-back games for the first time in almost two weeks as they fell 4-3 to West Michigan on Thursday at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park.

Fort Wayne (55-46, 12-20 second half) hasn’t won two games in a row since July 14-15 at Beloit and also had its three-game road winning streak snapped.

The TinCaps outhit the Whitecaps 9-6 but were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base.

Mallex Smith, Luis Domoromo, Chris Burke and Maxx Tissenbaum each had two hits, and Dane Phillips hit a solo homer for Fort Wayne.

TinCaps starter Max Fried (4-5) went six innings, giving up five hits and four earned runs, but he also walked five while striking out six.

The TinCaps took a 2-0 lead in the second, but the Whitecaps (49-53, 16-16) scored twice each in the fourth and the fifth to take a 4-2 advantage.

Fort Wayne also scored a run in the seventh.

The Whitecaps’ Jake Thompson (1-3) allowed five hits in five innings, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

West Michigan had two players on rehabilitation assignment again from the Detroit Tigers in second baseman Omar Infante and relief pitcher Darin Downs.

Infante was 1 for 2 with a single, while Downs pitched a scoreless sixth inning.