Fort Wayne has a 4-1 lead against Bowling Green after three innings in a must-win playoff game for the Hot Rods.
Bowling Green, which trails 1-0 in the best-of-three series, scored first thanks to a pair of misplayed ground balls by third baseman Gabriel Quintana. Only one was charged as an error, but both were playable balls that should have been easy outs for TinCaps starter Zach Eflin.
Eflin gave up three hits in his first three innings and struck out two batters in the top of the third.
Quintana made up for his mistakes in the bottom of the second with a leadoff single. Right fielder Hunter Renfroe came up next and hit a ground ball double down the left field line to score Quintana and tie the game.
Two outs later, shortstop Tyler Stubblefield hit an infield single to give the TinCaps their lead.
Designated hitter Mallex Smith walked to lead off the third for Fort Wayne and advanced to second on a balk by pitcher Reinaldo Lopez. Second baseman Reynaldo Bruguera came up with another infield single, and with runners on the corners and no outs, center fielder Alberth Martinez knocked a line drive single to right to make it 3-1.
The hits kept coming.
Quintana moved to 2 for 2 with a line drive to right and loaded the bases in the third. After a fielder's choice out at home from Renfroe, left fielder Luis Domoromo legged out another fielder's choice play, and Martinez came in to push the lead to 4-1.
Fort Wayne has seven hits and four earned runs off of Lopez.