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Dragons Drop Series, Lose 4-2 to River Bandits

Dayton — Dayne Parker drilled a three-run home run in the fourth inning and the Quad Cities River Bandits went on to defeat the Dayton Dragons 4-2 on Thursday night.  A crowd of a 8,368 saw the game at Fifth Third Field. With Quad Cities leading 1-0, Parker connected on his first professional home run with two outs and runners at first and second in the fourth.  The Parker homer, which cleared the left field fence, was one of only three hits in the game for the River Bandits. The Dragons scored their first run in the sixth inning when Carlton Daal doubled to left field with one out and scored on a bloop single to center by Jonathan Reynoso to make it 4-1.  Then in the seventh, Avain Rachal walked to lead off the inning and eventually scored from third on a two-out double by Nick Benedetto to make it 4-2.  The Dragons did not have another base runner until Gabriel Rosa singled to center with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to bring the tying run to the plate, but Robert Ramirez grounded back to the pitcher to end the game. 
Dragons starting pitcher Dan Langfield (2-2) took the loss.  He worked four innings and gave up four runs on only two hits, but he walked five while striking out seven.  Langfield got off to a great start in the game, striking out the side on 10 pitches in the top of the first inning and then striking out the first batter in the second.  Over his first two innings, he threw 17 strikes and only two balls, but he walked four batters in the third including one with the bases loaded to force in the first run of the game.
The Dragons finished with seven hits.  Reynoso and Benedetto each had two.Nick Howard, the Cincinnati Reds first round draft pick in June, made his first home appearance with the Dragons and fired two perfect innings.  He has now retired all 12 batters he has faced during his brief professional career. The Dragons (14-18) host the River Bandits (17-15) in the last game of the three-game series at Fifth Third Field on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  Nick Travieso (8-5, 3.90) will start the game for the Dragons against Quad Cities’ Jandel Gustave (5-5, 5.18). The Dragons host the Cedar Rapids Kernels in the start of a three-game series on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Notes:  Dragons third baseman Tanner Rahier missed his fifth straight game with strained groin.  He is expected to play on Friday.Dragons Drop Series, Lose 4-2 to River Bandits

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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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