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Quad Cities Rallies Past Dragons

DAYTON -- The Quad Cities River Bandits battled back from a 3-0 deficit to score six unanswered runs and defeat the Dayton Dragons 6-3 on Wednesday night.  A crowd of 8,216 saw the game at Fifth Third Field.The Dragons led 3-0 after three innings and held a 3-2 lead going to the eighth before Quad Cities rallied to score four runs in the eighth inning to take the lead and go on to the win.  Back-to-back two-run doubles by Ronnie Mitchell and Chase McDonald accounted for the River Bandits runs in the eighth.Dragons starting pitcher Sal Romano worked the first five innings, allowing four hits and two unearned runs, walking one and striking out five.  Joel Bender replaced Romano to start the sixth and pitched scoreless baseball over his first two innings before running into problems in the eighth.  He faced four batters and all eventually scored.  Bender suffered the loss and fell to 4-2.The Dragons took the lead with two runs in the second inning.  Phillip Ervin started the rally with a line drive hit to left field.  Avain Rachal lifted a base hit to center, and when the ball skipped past James Ramsay, Ervin scored to make it 1-0 as Rachal went to second.  Rachal then stole third and scored when the catcher's throw went into left field to give the Dragons a 2-0 lead.  The Dragons scored again in the third when Jamodrick McGruder walked, stole second, went to third on an error, and scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.  Quad Cities scored two unearned runs in the fourth, taking advantage of a costly two-out throwing error by McGruder from second base and then enjoyed the four-run eighth inning for the win.The Dragons finished with eight hits.  Ervin, Rachal, and Carlton Daal each had two.The Dragons (14-17) host the River Bandits (16-15) again at Fifth Third Field on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  Dan Langfield (2-1, 2.86) will start the game for the Dragons against Quad Cities' Chris Lee (5-5, 3.97).Quad Cities Rallies Past Dragons

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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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