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Guillon, Rachal Lead Dragons to 4-2 Win

Eastlake, Ohio—Starting pitcher Ismael Guillon fired seven strong innings and Avain Rachal drilled a two-run double to lift the Dayton Dragons to a 4-2 victory over the Lake County Captains on Sunday afternoon.
 
With the win, the Dragons remained four games behind the wildcard leader, second place West Michigan, with seven games to play in the first half.  The third place Dragons are also four and one-half games behind first place South Bend in the East Division.  The top two teams qualify for post-season play in each half.
 
Guillon (4-0) allowed only four hits and one walk over seven innings, surrendering two runs while striking out nine.  He retired 13 straight at one point, notching all nine of his strikeouts against those 13 batters.
 
Lake County scored one run in the second inning to take an early lead, but the Dragons battled back to get the lead in the fourth.  Daniel Pigott walked with one out, and with two outs, Pigott went to second on Gabriel Rosa’s single to right field.  Rachal followed with a line drive double to the fence in left to bring in both Pigott and Rosa and give the Dragons a 2-1 lead.  Rachal then stole third and scored on the same play when the catcher’s errant throw went into left field to make it 3-1.
 
The Dragons added another run in the fifth when Jamodrick McGruder tripled off the center field fence and then scored on Sebastian Elizalde’s one-out single up the middle to make it 4-1.
 
Lake County cut the deficit to two in the seventh, ending Guillon’s string of four straight perfect innings.  Nolan Becker replaced Guillon and worked a scoreless eighth inning.  Layne Somsen earned his first save with a scoreless ninth, allowing a two-out single followed by a walk as the tying runs reached base.  But Somsen got Richard Stock to ground out to first base to end the game.
 
The Dragons finished with eight hits.  Elizalde was 2 for 5 with an RBI to raise his average to .321.  Tanner Rahier had a triple to go along with Rachal’s double and McGruder’s triple.  Lake County had only five hits.
 
The Dragons (32-29) close out the six-game road trip at Lake County (23-40) on Monday at 7:00 p.m.  Sal Romano (4-4, 3.00) will start for Dayton against Lake County’s Luis Lugo (3-4, 4.96).
 
The Dragons begin a six-game home stand on Tuesday, June 10 at Fifth Third Field against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at 7:00 p.m.
 
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 start of the game was delayed by rain by 34 minutes…Prior to the game, the Dragons placed pitcher Pedro Diaz on the disabled list with a right elbow sprain.  Tony Amezcua was activated to take his place on the roster.Guillon, Rachal Lead Dragons to 4-2 Win

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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.

Now the Buckeyes are looking forward to getting into familiar territory when they open Big Ten play.

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.

On Tuesday, Dantonio spoke with reporters for around a half-hour, but Michigan State isn't making any players or assistants available this week. The Spartans' coach is trying to send a clear message to his players that it's time to get serious.

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