Ford Proctor hit a two-run, go-ahead homer in the ninth inning in the Bowling Green Hot Rods’ 3-1 victory Monday over the Fort Wayne TinCaps at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, Ind.
The Hot Rods improved to 10-8 and will go for their fourth consecutive series win on Tuesday with an 11:05 a.m. CDT first pitch.
The TinCaps almost broke the scoreless tie in the fourth against Bowling Green starter Easton McGee, but a baserunning mistake ended the inning. Justin Lopez led off with a single to right and went to second when Agustin Ruiz walked. Lee Solomon bunted to load the bases, but Jawuan Harris popped out to third for the first out of the inning. Xavier Edwards lifted a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Lopez with two outs. Upon appeal, Lopez was called out for not touching home plate to end the inning and kept it a scoreless tie.
Fort Wayne scored the first run of the game against Hot Rods reliever Alan Strong in the seventh.
Bowling Green seized the lead in the top of the ninth against TinCaps relievers Angel Acevedo and Carlos Belen. Bryce Brown drew a walk to lead off the inning and scored when Proctor hammered a 2-2 pitch over the left-field wall. Proctor’s first home run of the season gave the Hot Rods a 2-1 advantage and chased Acevedo from the game.
With Belen on the mound and one out, Chris Betts reached on an error and went to second when Grant Witherspoon walked with two outs. Roberto Alvarez singled to left field to score Betts and give Bowling Green a two-run cushion. Strong worked a scoreless ninth to secure the 3-1 victory.
McGee tossed a scoreless five innings while allowing three hits and three walks with a strikeout. Strong (1-1) went four innings out of the bullpen, allowing one unearned run with three hits and a strikeout in a win.
The Hot Rods and TinCaps continue their series Tuesday with a 11:05 p.m. CDT first pitch. Bowling Green will send RH Joey Ryan (1-1, 4.26) to the mound, while Fort Wayne will counter with LH Ramon Perez (0-0, 0.82).