LANSING, Mich. – Mark Thomas plated pinch-runner Diogenes Luis with a one-out RBI single in the tenth inning, lifting the Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-37) over the Lansing Lugnuts (36-30), 5-4, on Thursday night on Jackson Field.
The wild affair saw five different lead changes in addition to a balk, two wild pitches, two passed balls, and three hit batsmen.
Facing reliever Aaron Loup (3-1) with one out in the tenth, Ryan Wiegand sliced a triple past Lansing left fielder Eric Eiland. The Lugnuts summoned Casey Beck from the bullpen and brought the infield in, but Thomas came through with a clean line drive into center field for the lead.
The Lugnuts went down quietly in the bottom of the tenth against victor Alex Koronis (5-2), who completed his second scoreless inning in relief.
Lansing starter Chad Jenkins allowed nine hits and three runs in five innings in a no-decision, while Bowling Green starter Jason McEachern struck out seven batters in six innings but also tossed a pair of run-scoring wild pitches.
Hot Rods right fielder Brett Nommensen delivered an RBI single and a two-run double to aid the winning effort, with All-Star left fielder Chris Murrill chipping in with three hits and a pair of runs scored.
In the loss for Lansing, designated hitter Kevin Ahrens provided a two-run first inning double and Kenny Wilson and Ryan Goins each scored a pair of runs.
On Friday night at 7:00, the Lugnuts open a three-game series at Lake County. Lansing right-hander Ryan Tepera (6-2, 3.34) will head to the mound against Captains right-hander Brett Brach (0-3, 4.45).