Thanks to a four-run third inning,the Great Lakes Loons defeated the Lansing Lugnuts on Tuesday. A three-run home run by left fielder Bobby Coyle was the key to the Loons' big inning as they held on for a 5-3 win over Lansing at Cooley Law School Stadium.
The Loons got on the board in the second inning with a double steal.
As Lansing's Misaul Diaz made his pitch, Loons designated hitter Roman Pena took off for second base. Then Coyle raced from third base and scored as Lansing catcher Carlos Perez fired the ball to second.
In the top of the third, the Loons got three straight singles off Diaz, including an RBI hit by catcher Michael Pericht. Coyle followed with a blast over the fence in left-center for his first home run of the season.
The Lugnuts answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a two-run, opposite-field double by Oliver Dominguez. Dominguez would score two batters later when K.C. Hobson reached base on a Loons error.
The Loons bullpen was the difference late as Bret Montgomery and Shawn Tolleson combined to throw three perfect innings and strike out six in relief. Tolleson earned his eighth save.
The teams wrap up their three-game series at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.