Luis Patiño continued his dominant season, pitching six innings and giving up one run while striking out seven Friday, but South Bend rallied for two runs in the seventh and won 3-2 at Four Winds Field, sending the TinCaps to their sixth straight loss.
The long losing skid follows a six-game winning streak for Fort Wayne (59-69, 27-32 second half), which remains 1 1/2 games behind the West Michigan Whitecaps for the final playoff spot in the Midwest League's Eastern Division.
Patiño has given up one or zero earned runs in 15 of his last 18 starts and lowered his season ERA to 2.16 with his latest stellar outing. The 18-year-old right-hander surrendered just three hits and a walk.
The TinCaps struck first in the fourth inning when shortstop Gabriel Arias roped a double to left, bringing in Owen Miller to make it 1-0. It was the ninth extra-base hit in nine games for the 18-year-old Arias.
Patiño held the lead into the sixth, but then Clayton Daniel led off with a double and a pair of sacrifices brought him home to even the score.
Left-hander Danny Sexton gave up the go-ahead run in the seventh on a Delvin Zinn double that drove in Austin Filiere. Sexton also gave up a run-scoring single to Cam Balego that made it 3-1. The runs were the first tallies Sexton had surrendered with the TinCaps after starting his stint in Fort Wayne with 6 1/3 scoreless innings over four appearances.
TinCaps first baseman Jalen Washington homered in the eighth to cut the deficit in half. It was the second straight night Washington had homered and his eighth of the season.