The Great Lakes Loons took the lead in the eighth inning for the second consecutive game, this time holding on to beat the Lake County Captains, 6-5 Tuesday night.
Joseph Winker celebrated his 23rd birthday in style by going 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run and two runs batted in.
Geoff Brown (1-0, 0.00 ERA) pitched two and a third innings for the Loons to pick up his first win.
Raydel Sanchez (3-8, 4.70 ERA) started for the Loons, giving up four earned runs in six innings of work.
The Loons kept their slim playoff hopes alive by improving to 29-35 during the second half of the season, 11 games behind first-place Bowling Green in the Midwest League's Eastern Division.
Great Lakes now heads to Dayton to begin a three-game series against the Dragons.
The Loons return home to Dow Diamond for their final series of the 2012 season Saturday, Sept. 1 when they'll host the South Bend Silver Hawks.
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