FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A six-run fifth inning doomed the Fort Wayne TinCaps Thursday night, who fell 11-3 to the Quad Cities River Bandits in the rubber match of a three-game series at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa.
Center fielder Marcos Almonte slugged two homers and drove in six runs to pace the River Bandits, who also got six innings of one-run ball from starting pitcher Brett Adcock. Adcock also struck out 11 batters in earning his first win of the 2017 season.
Fort Wayne opened the scoring in the third inning on a two-out double by Fernando Tatis Jr. Quad Cities answered with a pair of runs in the fourth before erupting for six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Fort Wayne starter Jerry Keel retired two of the first three men in the inning before giving up a two-run home run to Alexander De Goti. Keel then proceeded to walk each of the next three hitters before being chased by a grand slam from Almonte, his second round-tripper in as many innings.
Fort Wayne, who falls to 10-14 on the season, will now head to Cedar Rapids for a weekend series to finish their road trip.