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Captains Top Dragons 11-2 in Series Opener Friday

Dayton, Ohio—The Lake County Captains exploded for 11 runs over a three-inning stretch and went on to defeat the Dayton Dragons 11-2 on Friday night in the series opener at Fifth Third Field.
 
The Captains scored two runs in the third inning, starting with a solo home run from Ivan Castillo.  They scored five unearned runs in the fourth, all after two men were out, to break the game open at 7-0.  The inning was keyed by two costly Dayton errors and a two-run single by Logan Vick.  Lake County added four more in the fifth inning to jump ahead 11-0, pushed by a two-run triple by Grant Fink.
 
The Dragons scored both of their runs in the bottom of the ninth.  Tanner Rahier’s RBI single brought in one run and the other scored on a bases loaded walk to Avain Rachal.
 
Lake County starting pitcher Mitch Brown (1-6) earned his first win of the season after a series of hard-luck winless starts.  Brown had allowed two runs or less in six of his last seven starts and had left five of those games with the lead including one contest when he departed with a 10-1 advantage, but he had been held without a credited victory.
 
Dragons starting pitcher Nick Travieso (6-4) suffered the loss.  He worked four-plus innings, allowing nine hits and 10 runs (five earned) with two walks and eight strikeouts.  Reliever Radhames Quezada replaced Travieso and tossed two innings, allowing one run on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts.  Nolan Becker fired two perfect innings, striking out four.  Pedro Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth, surrendering one hit.
 
Dragons pitchers combined to strikeout 17 Lake County batters, a 2014 team high and only three short of the Dragons franchise record.
 
The Dragons collected five hits by five different players.  There were no extra base hits. 
 
The Dragons (2-6) host Lake County (6-2) again on Saturday at Fifth Third Field at 7:00 p.m.  Jackson Stephens (0-0, 6.75) will start for the Dragons against Lake County’s Jordan Milbrath (2-8, 3.39).  The game will be televised on WHIO Digital Channel 7.2 (Time Warner channels 23 and 372).  The series continues with games on Sunday (2 pm), and Monday (7 pm).
 
All Dragons games can be heard on WONE Radio (980 AM) and via the internet at wone.com and through the Dragons Mobile App.Captains Top Dragons 11-2 in Series Opener Friday

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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.

REDS-BAKER

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.

INDIANS-WHITE SOX

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.

T25-OHIO ST-MATCHING UP

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.

T25-UPTIGHT SPARTANS

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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