Fort Wayne let a significant margin deteriorate over the course of two innings and ultimately fell to Dayton 8-5 in Midwest League action.
The Dragons scored seven runs in their final at bats which turned a 5-1 deficit into a victory Sunday. The big Dayton impetus proved to be an eighth-inning grand slam from Beau Amaral, which gave the Dragons the lead for good.
Fort Wayne (12-22 second half, 55-48) grabbed an early lead for the second consecutive day against Dayton, as Corey Adamson singled home Gabriel Quintana in the second inning for a 1-0 TinCap advantage.
Diego Goris connected for a third-inning sacrifice fly to score Mallex Smith, which then put Fort Wayne ahead 2-0.
That lead held until the sixth inning, when Luis Domoromo hit a solo home run to right field to put the TinCaps up 3-0.
Dayton (20-16, 48-57) cut into the lead in their half of the sixth, when Seth Mejias-Brean hit into a double play and allowed Sammy Diaz to cross home for a 3-1 score. That was the only run allowed by TinCaps starter Bryan Rodriguez, who allowed five hits, walked four and struck out four over six innings.
Smith and Maxx Tissenbaum each drove in a run in the seventh inning, stretching the Fort Wayne lead to 5-1.
TinCap reliever Ruben Mejia entered the game in the seventh inning and got a pair of Dragon outs, but also allowed a run.
Trevor Gott (1-1) replaced Mejia, ending the seventh, but Gott encountered trouble of his own in the eighth inning, as he allowed a lead-off home run to Mejias-Brean, a walk to Tanner Rahier, and with one out, three straight hits, one of which scored a run, to load the bases.
Chris Nunn entered the game with the TinCaps leading 5-4, but gave up the monster hit Amaral.
Dayton's Alejandro Chacin struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn his second save of the year. Dragons reliever Joey Housey (2-1) got the win.