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Purdue grad keys Fort Wayne road win

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First pitch: Quad Cities at Fort Wayne, Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.

Probable starters: FW/RH/Zach Eflin vs. QC/RH/Lance McCullers

Radio: ESPN 1380-AM

TV: Xfinity channel 81

Charles records first hit, RBI as TinCap

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 10:57 pm

Fort Wayne overcame a blistering hot day, as well as some miscues in the field to top Beloit 5-3 in Midwest League action in Beloit.

The TinCaps committed four errors in the game, but got a pair of RBI singles from Zionsville native and Purdue University graduate Eric Charles.

Fort Wayne struggled early at the plate, as it couldn't muster a hit against Snapper starter Dakota Bacus through four innings and trailed 2-0. Meanwhile, Beloit (16-8 second half, 59-35) scored twice against Fort Wayne starter Walker Weickel (3-4) in the third inning courtesy of a two-run single by Chris Bostick with the bases loaded.

Fort Wayne (9-15, 52-41) took its first lead in the fifth inning.

Corey Adamson walked to lead off the inning before Luis Domoromo notched the TinCaps' first hit. Rodney Daal sacrificed the runners to second and third base and Brian Adams lined a single to center field to score both Adamson and Domoromo, who scored as well on a throwing error by center fielder Brett Vertigan.

Adams reached second base on Vertigan's throw home and then stole third, before scoring on a single in front of the plate by Charles. Both the hit and the RBI were firsts for the 24-year old in the Midwest League, and they gave the TinCaps a 3-2 lead.

The Snappers tied the game at three runs each against Weickel in the sixth inning, as Ryan Matthews led off with a double, which was followed by a groundout that moved him to third base. He then scored on a Nick Rickles sacrifice fly.

The TinCaps recorded the winning run in the top of the seventh against reliever Nolan Sanburn (0-1). Domoromo walked and later moved to second on another sacrifice by Daal. He stole third base and with two outs, Charles came through again with a line-drive single the opposite way to right field that plated Domoromo.

Fort Wayne added an insurance run in the eighth inning, as Diego Goris hit an infield single with two outs to start a rally.

Adamson extended his hitting streak to nine games with a base hit to right field that was first bobbled by the right fielder Aaron Shipman and then thrown away by the first baseman, and cut-off man, John Wotten.

The two errors enabled Goris to score from first on the single to right to make it 5-3.

After Weickel went six innings, Colin Rea kept the Snappers scoreless in the seventh. Chris Nunn then worked a perfect eighth and Roman Madrid closed the game with a perfect ninth to earn his 15th save of the year.

The victory gave Fort Wayne a 2-1 series win over the West Division leaders and a 3-3 road trip to the state of Wisconsin.