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Dragons Score 2 in 9th to Earn Walk-Off Win

Dayton, Ohio—The Dayton Dragons rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to come from behind and defeat the Bowling Green Hot Rods 6-5 on Saturday night.  A crowd of 8,760 attended the game at Fifth Third Field.
 
The win was the Dragons fifth “walk-off” victory of 2014 and improved their second half record to 27-27.  The Dragons took the lead in the wildcard race with 16 games to play.  They lead Great Lakes by one game.
 
The Dragons trailed 5-4 going to the bottom of the ninth inning.  Jose Ortiz led off the inning with a single to center field and was replaced at first base by pinch runner Nick Benedetto.  Jon Matthews then lined a single to right field as Benedetto advanced to second.  After Avain Rachal struck out, Jonathan Reynoso grounded to shortstop into a possible game-ending double play, but Reynoso beat the throw to first on a close play after Matthews was forced at second.  Benedetto went to third.  Jamodrick McGruder then lined a single to right to drive in Benedettto and tie the game as Reynoso went to second.  Alex Blandino then hit a fly ball to center field that landed just beyond the reach of Bowling Green’s Spencer Edwards’ diving attempt, allowing Reynoso to score the winning run to end the game.
 
The Dragons trailed 4-1 before scoring three runs in the fifth inning to tie the score.  Rachal and McGruder hit solo home runs in the inning and Blandino scored the tying run on a base hit by Robert Ramirez.  Bowling Green regained the lead in the seventh inning on a controversial balk call on Dragons reliever Tony Amezcua that brought a runner in from third base to make it 5-4.
 
The Dragons hit three home runs in a game for the first time this season.  Jose Ortiz drilled a long home run to left-center in the second along with the homers by Rachal and McGruder in the fifth.
 
The Dragons finished with 11 hits.  Blandino was 3 for 5 including the game-winning as he extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games.
 
The Dragons (27-27) host the Hot Rods (24-30) on Sunday in the last game of the series at 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is expected to play for the Dragons on an injury rehabilitation assignment.  Nick Howard (1-0, 3.29), the Reds 2014 first round draft pick, will start on the mound for the Dragons against Bowling Green’s Isaac Gil (0-1, 5.40). Dragons Score 2 in 9th to Earn Walk-Off Win

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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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