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Dragons Win 3-1, Allow Just Two Hits

South Bend, Ind.—Three Dayton pitchers combined to allow just two hits and the Dragons came from behind with a three-run seventh inning to defeat the South Bend Silver Hawks 3-1 on Thursday night.  The win allowed the Dragons to avoid a sweep of the four-game series and move back into second place in the Midwest League Eastern Division, just one-half game out of first.  The Dragons snapped South Bend’s eight-game winning streak.
 
South Bend took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, scoring their only run of the night on a wild pitch.  The Silver Hawks did not have a base hit after the third inning.
 
The Dragons did not have a hit until Beau Amaral led off the seventh with a triple to left center field.  After Jeff Gelalich reached on an error and Tanner Rahier popped out to shortstop, Sebastian Elizalde lined a hit to right field to bring in Amaral and tie the game at 1-1.  A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third, and Gelalich scored on a one-hop liner to shortstop as he beat the tag at the plate after the throw home to make it 2-1.  Elizalde scored from third on an error to give the Dragons a 3-1 lead.
 
Dragons starting pitcher Amir Garrett had his best outing of the season, allowing one run on two hits over five innings.  He walked four and struck out two.  Reliever Alejandro Chacin (3-0) worked two innings and was credited with the win.  He walked three and struck out one.  Scott Brattvet tossed two perfect innings, striking out one, to record his third save.
 
The Dragons finished with three hits.  Beau Amaral had two of them including his third triple of the season as he raised his batting average to .323.
 
South Bend starting pitcher Bradin Shipley (1-1) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning but suffered a hard-luck loss, allowing all three runs (one earned) over six and one-third innings.
 
The Dragons (12-7) travel to Midland, Michigan to begin a three-game series with the first place Great Lakes Loons (13-7) on Friday at 6:05 p.m. (EDT).  Nick Travieso (2-0, 1.59) will start for Dayton against Great Lakes’  Greg Harris (1-1, 4.32).  The next home game is Monday, April 28 vs. the Lansing Lugnuts at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  All Dragons games can be heard on WONE Radio (980 AM) and via the internet at wone.com and through the Dragons Mobile App.
 
Notes:  The Dragons established season highs in the game for fewest hits allowed (2) and most walks given (7)…Chacin has not allowed an earned run in 11.2 innings this season…Brattvet is 3 for 3 in save opportunities and has given up on one run on the year in seven games covering 8.1 innings.Dragons Win 3-1, Allow Just Two Hits

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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.

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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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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.

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