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Dragons Fall 11-6 to South Bend

SOUTH BEND — South Bend’s Justin Williams collected a home run, triple, and single as the Silver Hawks defeated the Dayton Dragons 11-6 on Monday night.  The game was the first of a six-game road trip for the Dragons.  Despite the loss, the Dragons maintained a one-game lead in the Midwest League East Division Second Half wildcard race with 14 games to play.  Great Lakes also lost to remain one game behind the Dragons.  Three other teams are within three games of the Dragons.  Dragons starting pitcher Amir Garrett (7-7) had a rough night and suffered the loss.  He worked two-plus innings, allowing six runs on five hits and five walks with three strikeouts.  Garrett had not allowed a run over his previous three starts covering 17 innings.  South Bend scored four runs in the first inning before the Dragons battled back to get the lead in the second.  Dayton plated five runs in the second inning, collecting six hits in the inning including run-scoring doubles by Jose Ortiz, Tanner Rahier, and Jonathan Reynoso, and a tie-breaking RBI triple by Alex Blandino.  Avain Rachal also had a run-scoring single in the inning as the Dragons jumped ahead 5-4.  But South Bend answered with two runs in the third to take the lead for good.  Garrett left the game with the bases loaded and no one out after allowing two walks and a single.  Joel Bender entered the game and struck out the first two batters he faced before hitting a batter to force in the tying run and then throwing a wild pitch to bring in the go-ahead run as South Bend jumped ahead 6-5.  Bender allowed another run in the fourth to make it 7-5.  The Dragons scored in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by Robert Ramirez and Phillip Ervin to make it 7-6, and that score held until the bottom of the eighth.  Bender left the game after five innings of long relief, allowing one run and striking out nine.  Pedro Diaz struggled through the eighth inning, allowing four runs on four hits including a two-run home run by Williams as South Bend built an 11-6 lead to close out the scoring.  The Dragons finished with nine hits, eight of which came in the first five innings.  They had six doubles and a triple over those first five innings.  Ervin was 2 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI.  Rahier was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.  The Dragons (27-29) meet the Silver Hawks (32-24) in the second game of a three-game series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.  Sal Romano (7-10, 4.13) will start for the Dragons against South Bend’s Anthony Banda (8-6, 3.30).   Dragons Fall 11-6 to South Bend

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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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