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Dragons Erase 5-Run Deficit to Win, 7-6

LANSING — The Dayton Dragons scored six runs over the final four innings to battle back from a 6-1 deficit and defeat the Lansing Lugnuts 7-6 on Tuesday night.  The win was the second straight for the Dragons and marked their largest comeback win of the season.The Dragons had pulled to within three runs at 6-3 in the top of the eighth when Tanner Rahier lined a two-run home run to left field, his seventh homer of the year, to make it 6-5.  Then in the ninth, the Dragons took advantage of severe wildness by Lansing reliever Scott Silverstein to score two runs and take a 7-6 lead.  Silverstein walked four in the inning, uncorked two wild pitches, and hit a batter.  The tying run scored when Gabriel Rosa, who had walked to start the inning, raced in from third on a passed ball to beat the tag on a close play.  Silverstein then threw a wild pitch to bring in Robert Ramirez to give the Dragons a 7-6 lead.Alejandro Chacin tossed a perfect bottom of the ninth, striking out two, to earn his 13th save of the year and eighth in the month of July.  Joel Bender (5-2) was credited with the win after pitching a scoreless eighth inning.  The game included a memorable start for new Dragons shortstop Alex Blandino, the second of two first round draft picks for the Reds in June.  In the top of the first inning, Blandino, who had arrived at the ballpark just two hours before game time, belted a home run on his first swing as a member of the Dragons to give the club a brief 1-0 lead.Lansing scored four in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of five walks by Dragons starter Dan Langfield, to take a 4-1 lead.  They added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to lead 6-1 before the Dragons started back.The Dragons finished with 10 hits.  Ramirez, Rahier, and Phillip Ervin each had two. The Dragons (17-20) take on the Lugnuts (18-19) again on Wednesday afternoon in the second game of a three-game series at 12:05 p.m.   Dayton’s Nick Travieso (9-5, 3.71) battles Lansing’s Brad Allen (3-3, 3.65).   All Dragons games can be heard on WONE Radio (980 AM) and via the internet at wone.com and through the Dragons Mobile App.Dragons Erase 5-Run Deficit to Win, 7-6

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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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