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Dragons Fall to Lake County, 4-3

EASTLAKE — Paul Hendrix blasted a two-run home run in the seventh inning as the Lake County Captains came from behind to defeat the Dayton Dragons 4-3 on Thursday night.  Lake County won two-out-of-three in the series.  The Dragons completed their seven-game road trip with a 3-4 record.  The loss dropped them into a tie with Great Lakes for the wildcard slot in the East Division Second Half playoff race with 18 games to play.  The Dragons trailed 2-0 going to the sixth inning and had not advanced a runner past first base on the night.  Jon Matthews walked to open the sixth and Ronald Bueno reached on a bunt single.  Phillip Ervin walked with one out to load the bases.  Tanner Rahier hit a ground ball that was fielded by Hendrix, the second baseman, but he dropped the ball before he could throw to second and a run scored.  Jose Ortiz followed with a two-run single to center field to give the Dragons a 3-2 lead.Lake County took the lead back in the bottom of the seventh.  Hendrix came to the plate with one out and a runner at first base and drilled a home run to left off Dragons reliever Nolan Becker (1-2) to give the Captains a 4-3 lead.The Dragons had a great chance to tie the game in the eighth.  Ervin reached on an error to begin the inning.  Rahier then hit a hard ground ball down the third base line.  Lake County third baseman Grant Fink made a great diving stop and threw to first base.  Rahier was called out on a controversial call that the Dragons vehemently argued.  Ervin then stole third and Ortiz walked to set up a first-and-third, one-out situation.  Robert Ramirez smashed the first pitch, drilling a line drive along the first base line, but it was directly at Lake County’s Nellie Rodriguez, who made the catch and stepped on first to complete a double play to end the inning.  The Dragons were retired in order in the ninth to end the game.  The Dragons (25-27) return home to host the Bowling Green Hot Rods (24-28) in the first game of a three-game series on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  Nick Travieso (10-5, 3.33) will start for the Dragons against Bowling Green’s Jake Faria (7-7, 3.70).Dragons Fall to Lake County, 4-3

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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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