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Rosa Flashes Leather, But Dragons Lose

DAYTON — Lake County’s Grant Fink belted two solo home runs and Nellie Rodriguez added a three-run blast as the Captains defeated the Dayton Dragons 13-2 on Monday night at Fifth Third Field.  The Captains took three-of-four in the series in Dayton.Lake County scored four runs in the top of the first inning to take an early lead, keyed by a two-out, three-run double down the left field line by Dorssys Paulino.  The Dragons scored in second when Carlton Daal drove in Joe Hudson from second base with a two-out single to make it 4-1, but Fink belted solo homers in the third and fifth innings to push the Captains lead to 6-1.The Dragons loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fifth on a hit by Daal and walks to Jamodrick McGruder and Phillip Ervin.  Daniel Pigott grounded out to second base to bring in Daal and make it 6-2 before Tanner Rahier grounded to short to end the threat.  Lake County exploded for six runs in the top of the sixth, keyed by a two-run double by Claudio Bautista and the three-run homer by Rodriguez that extended the lead to 12-2.  
The Dragons did not have a hit the rest of the night.  Lake County scored an unearned run in the ninth to close out the scoring.
Dragons starting pitcher Sal Romano (4-8) suffered the loss, working five and one-third innings and allowing 10 hits and nine runs (seven earned) with one walk and six strikeouts.
Dayton reliever Tony Amezcua had his fourth straight strong performance.  He worked two innings and allowed just one hit and one unearned run.  He walked no one and struck out four.
The Dragons collected six hits.  Daal was 2 for 4 with a run scored and a run batted in.  
The Dragons (3-8) open a new three-game series against the Fort Wayne TinCaps (5-6) at Fifth Third Field on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.  Dan Langfield (2-0, 2.81) will start for the Dragons against Fort Wayne’s Kyle Lloyd (2-2, 4.18). Rosa Flashes Leather, But Dragons Lose

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BREWERS-REDS

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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