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Dragons Extend Winning Streak to 5 with 8-4 Win

Dayton, Ohio—Jeff Gelalich collected three hits and drove in two runs to lead a 13-hit Dayton attack as the Dragons defeated the Lansing Lugnuts 8-4 on Monday night at Fifth Third Field.  The win was the fifth straight for the Dragons.  They continue to occupy first place in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League with a record of 16-7.  They lead South Bend by two games.
 
The Dragons took command of the game in the first inning with six runs.  Sebastian Elizalde’s three-run double got the scoring started, and the Dragons got RBI singles from Sean Buckley, Joe Hudson, and Jeff Gelalich in the same inning to jump ahead 6-0.
 
Lansing responded with three runs in the second, taking advantage of four walks and an error in the inning to make it 6-3.  But the Dragons regained the momentum with single runs in the third and fourth innings.  Gelalich’s two-out hit in the third brought in Jamodrick McGruder from second to make it 7-3, and Tanner Rahier’s sacrifice fly in the fourth brought in Phillip Ervin to extend the lead to 8-3.  Lansing closed out the scoring with one run in the seventh.
 
Dragons starting pitcher Ismael Guillon (2-0) went five innings for the win.  He endured a rough second inning when he walked four of the first five batters to force in a run, then allowed two more runs in the frame.  Over his five innings of work, Guillon allowed two hits and three runs (two earned) with four walks and six strikeouts.
 
Dragons relievers Pedro Diaz each went two innings to close out the game.  Diaz allowed one run on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts.  Amezcua tossed two scoreless frames, allowing three hits with a strikeout.
 
Along with Gelalich’s three-hit night, Elizalde had two hits and three runs batted in.  Ervin had two doubles.  Hudson and Rahier each had two hits and an RBI.  
 
The Dragons host Lansing again on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the second game of the four-game series at Fifth Third Field.  Amir Garrett (0-2, 5.63) will start for Dayton against Lansing’s Chase De Jong (0-0, 4.61).
 
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:  Elizalde has been on base in 14 of his 19 plate appearances over the last four games, going 6 for 11 with eight walks… Gelalich is 5 for 10 over the last two games…The six-run first inning was the Dragons biggest first inning of the season…They had seven hits in the first to match their highest hit total for any inning this season.Dragons Extend Winning Streak to 5 with 8-4 Win

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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.

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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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