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Dragons Earn Third Straight Win, 10-2

Burlington, Iowa—Three Dayton pitchers combined to allow just three hits and the Dragons exploded for six runs in the eighth inning on the way to a 10-2 victory over the Burlington Bees on Friday night.  The win lifted the Dragons into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Division as they won their third straight and improved to 5-3 on the year.  The Dragons established season highs for runs in a game, hits in a game (11), and runs in an inning.
 
Dayton first baseman Sebastian Elizalde led the offensive attack, going 3 for 5 with a home run.  Sammy Diaz had a double and a triple with three runs batted in.  Beau Amaral had two hits and tied a club record with three stolen bases.
 
Dragons starting pitcher Ismael Guillon had an unusual night.  After a scoreless first inning, Guillon started the second frame by walking four consecutive hitters.  Two runs scored in the inning, but Guillon then retired the next 12 batters in order to conclude his outing.  Over his five innings, he allowed just one hit and two runs with four walks and five strikeouts.
 
Joel Bender replaced Guillon and worked one and two-thirds scoreless innings.  Alejandro Chacin replaced Bender with a runner at third and two outs in the seventh and the score tied at 2-2.  Chacin got a strikeout to end the threat.  Chacin (1-0) finished the game and was credited with the win, tossing two and one-third scoreless innings.
 
The Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Diaz lined a double to the right field corner to bring in Tanner Rahier from second with two outs.  Burlington answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead.  Guillon’s first walks brought in one run and the second run scored on a sacrifice fly.
 
The Dragons tied the game in the fourth on a solo home run by Elizalde to right field, his second homer of the season.
 
In the Dayton eighth, Jeff Gelalich led off with a base hit, stole second, and eventually scored on a wild pitch to give the Dragons a 3-2 lead.  Diaz added a two-run triple later in the inning and Carlton had an RBI single.  A wild pitch brought in another run and an error allowed one more to score.  The Dragons added two more in the ninth, keyed by back-to-back doubles by Phillip Ervin and Sean Buckley and a single by Elizalde.
 
The Dragons league-leading team earned run average increased five points to 1.65.  They have allowed just four runs in four games on the current road trip.  Dragons relievers have allowed just two runs on the year in 27.1 innings.
 
The Dragons play in Burlington again on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (EDT).  Amir Garrett (0-1, 2.08) will make his second start for Dayton.  Burlington will counter with Garrett Nuss (0-0, 3.60).  The series and road trip will conclude on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.  The Dragons return home on Monday, April 14 when they host the Clinton Lumber Kings in the start of a three-game series.All Dragons games can be heard on WONE Radio (980 AM) and via the internet at wone.com and through the Dragons Mobile App.Dragons Earn Third Straight Win, 10-2

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Johnny Cueto pitched seven solid innings, and the Cincinnati Reds stayed in the chase for the NL's top record by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Tuesday night after learning they'll be without their manager for the rest of the week.

The Brewers dropped back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month, and it came at a bad time. They started the day 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the final NL wild card spot.

They got no break from the Reds, who clinched the NL Central title on Saturday night.

Manager Dusty Baker met players before the game and revealed he suffered a mini-stroke in addition to being treated for an irregular heartbeat last week. The 63-year-old manager hopes to return to the dugout next week.

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Dusty Baker won't manage the Cincinnati Reds until the final series in St. Louis, giving him time to recover from an irregular heartbeat that left him hospitalized last week.

Baker met with owner Bob Castellini and his team on Tuesday before a game against the Brewers. Bench coach Chris Speier said he'll manage the final three home games against Milwaukee and three in Pittsburgh over the weekend, with Baker taking over for the last three games next week.

The 63-year-old manager was hospitalized in Chicago last Wednesday for an irregular heartbeat, a problem he's had for a while. He was in the hospital for four days, missing the Reds' 6-0 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night that clinched the NL Central title.

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CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox have lost sole possession of first place in the AL Central race, with the Indians playing spoiler. Gordon Beckham hit into a game-ending forceout with the potential tying run on second base yesterday as the Indians downed the White Sox 4-3.

Down 4-0 in the fourth inning, the White Sox closed within a run when Paul Konerko homered off Chris Perez leading off the ninth. Perez walked a pair of batters with two outs, and Beckham grounded to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who threw to second baseman Jason Kipnis for the force.

Chicago (82-72) had held sole possession of the division lead since September 3. Detroit pulled into a tie for the division lead with its win over Kansas City last night.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Through four games and four victories, Ohio State's defense has faced a continual drumbeat of short passes, quick routes, screens and sweeps.

Every opponent, it seems, has relied on a sleight of hand.

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When No. 14 Ohio State travels to 20th-ranked Michigan State on Saturday, the Buckeyes anticipate they'll run into a more conventional Midwestern attack. Granted, that means having to counteract the 244-pound blasts of the Spartans' massive Le'Veon Bell.

But after a month of chasing people, the Buckeyes think they might benefit from a change of pace from the subterfuge and rush-avoiding quick-hitters in a trade for raw man-on-man power struggles at the line of scrimmage.

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State's lackluster win last weekend got to coach Mark Dantonio.

After the Spartans beat Eastern Michigan 23-7 Saturday, Dantonio hurried through a terse news conference full of abrupt answers. The Michigan State coach said "next question" seven times in under a minute and was clearly annoyed with the way his team played.

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