The TinCaps had their winning streak snapped at four games as they lost 4-3 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday night.
Fort Wayne (10-17, 40-57 overall) outhit Cedar Rapids 8-5 and belted two home runs.
Jake Bauers opened the scoring in the fourth with a solo home run, his seventh of the season, that the Kernels (14-13, 45-52) equaled in the bottom of the inning.
Nick Schulz put Fort Wayne ahead 2-1 in the fifth with his first home run as a Fort Wayne player.
Bauers and Schultz both finished 1 for 4 with one RBI apiece.
Cedar Rapids broke through in the sixth when Tanner Vavra capitalized on a throwing error from Kyle Lloyd to score. The Kernels got additional runs from Engelb Vielma and Logan Wade to take a 4-2 lead.
Reynaldo Bruguera’s seventh inning run for Fort Wayne closed out the scoring. Bruguera had singled on a grounder, advanced to second on a Josh VanMeter single and scored on a Trea Turner single.
Turner, the Padres’ first-round pick, has gone 11 for 25 (.440) in the week he has been with the TinCaps.
VanMeter, who went 2 for 4, has improved on his average by batting .364 in the last 10 games, raising his overall average to .253.
Lloyd (3-4) pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) off four hits, He struck out eight. Reliever Jorge Guzman gave up a single, while striking out three.
Reliever Chris Mazza (2-2) got the win for the Kernels by pitching 2 1/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits. He struck out two.
The TinCaps play the second game of their three-game series at Cedar Rapids at 3:05 p.m. today.