Dragons fall to TinCaps

Dayton's Daniel Vellojin signals safe after he was called out on a tag by Fort Wayne catcher Brandon Valenzuela during Friday night's game against Fort Wayne. Vellojin was trying to score from second on Austin Hendrick's bases loaded single in the third inning. CONTRIBUTED/Jeff Gilbert

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Dayton's Daniel Vellojin signals safe after he was called out on a tag by Fort Wayne catcher Brandon Valenzuela during Friday night's game against Fort Wayne. Vellojin was trying to score from second on Austin Hendrick's bases loaded single in the third inning. CONTRIBUTED/Jeff Gilbert

Lucas Dunn hit a two-run home run to lead the Fort Wayne TinCaps to a 7-3 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Saturday night.  The two teams have split the first two games of the series.

The loss dropped the Dragons second half record to 6-15 (45-42 overall). Fort Wayne improved to 10-13 in the second half (37-52 overall).

Dunn hit his fourth home run of the year with a man on base in the second inning to give Fort Wayne an early 2-0 lead, and they added another run in the top of the fourth to make it 3-0.

Dayton’s Ruben Ibarra hit a solo home run fourth to make it 3-1.  It was Ibarra’s fourth homer of the year with the Dragons and his 11th overall. But Fort Wayne scored two runs in the fifth to extend its lead to 5-1.

The bottom of the sixth inning featured one of the most unusual plays of the season.  After a base hit by Dayton’s Quincy McAfee, Daniel Vellojin lined an extra base hit into the right field corner.  Fort Wayne right fielder Agustin Ruiz put his hands in the air, wanting a ground rule double call, as Vellojin circled the bases. But base umpire Felix Neon walked to the right field fence and ruled that the ball was in play, no ground rule double, with the outcome of the play standing.  It was a two-run inside-the-park home run for Vellojin, his fifth homer of the year, and pulled the Dragons to within two runs at 5-3.

But Fort Wayne shut out the Dragons the rest of the night and added single runs in the seventh and ninth innings to close out the scoring.

McAfee was 2 for 4 in his second game of the season with the Dragons.

SUNDAY’S GAME

Fort Wayne at Dayton, 1:05 p.m., 980