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Dragons Avoid Sweep, Win 5-2

DAYTON — The Dayton Dragons scored five runs in the fifth inning and went on to defeat the Quad Cities River Bandits 5-2 on Friday night before a crowd of 8,487 at Fifth Third Field.  The Dragons snapped a four-game losing streak with the win and avoided a sweep of the three-game series with Quad Cities.
Dragons starting pitcher Nick Travieso (9-5) pitched out of two bases-loaded jams to keep the River Bandits off the scoreboard over the first five innings.  Quad Cities loaded the bases with one out in the first inning and then put three men on base with no one out in the fifth, but Travieso was able to work out of trouble both times.  Travieso left after five innings, allowing three hits and no runs with five walks and five strikeouts.
Alejandro Chacin worked the final two innings to earn his 11th save.  He struck out four while allowing two hits but no runs.
The Dragons five-run rally started when Carlton Daal lined a double to left field with one out in the fifth.  Nick Benedetto followed with a double to left to drive in Daal and give the Dragons a 1-0 lead.  After Jamodrick McGruder walked, Jonathan Reynoso bounced a single off the second baseman into center field to drive in Benedetto and move McGruder to third.  Tanner Rahier lined a single to center to drive in two more runs, and Rahier scored on Phillip Ervin’s double over the head to the center fielder to make it 5-0.
Quad Cities scored two runs in the sixth to pull to within two at 5-2, but they could not sustain a rally the rest of the night. 
The Dragons finished with 10 hits.  Rahier, Ervin, and Daal each had two hits.  The Dragons (15-18) open a new three-game series against the Cedar Rapids Kernels (17-15) on Saturday at Fifth Third Field at 7:00 p.m.   Jackson Stephens (2-2, 4.10) will start the game for the Dragons against Cedar Rapids’ Chih-Wei Hu (2-0, 2.00).   Dragons Avoid Sweep, Win 5-2

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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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