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Dragons Lose Finale to Great Lakes

DAYTON — Four Great Lakes pitchers combined to allow just five hits as the Loons defeated the Dayton Dragons 2-1 on Tuesday night at Fifth Third Field before a crowd of 8,763.  The Loons avoided a sweep in the series and cut the Dragons wildcard lead to one-half game with six games to play.   
  The Loons took a 1-0 lead in the second before the Dragons tied the game in the third.  The Dayton rally began with a single to left-center field by Jonathan Reynoso followed by a bunt single by Ronald Bueno.  With Nick Benedetto at the plate, Reynoso stole third and scored on the same play when the throw by the catcher skipped into left field.
  Great Lakes pulled back ahead in the sixth when Devin Ahart doubled down the right field line, went to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Paul Hoenecke’s sacrifice fly to deep center to make it 2-1.  The Dragons could not advance a runner past first base over the rest of the night.
  Dragons starting pitcher Jackson Stephens (2-6) was charged with the loss.  He worked six innings, allowing four hits and two runs with one walk and two strikeouts.  Reliever Tony Amezcua followed Stephens and was outstanding, retiring all nine batters he faced.    
  Ronald Bueno was 2 for 3 to lead the Dragons offensively.  He had a double, the only extra base hit of the night for the Dragons.
  Great Lakes starter John Richy worked the first four and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits and three walks with one run.  The Loons bullpen, including Mark Pope, A.J. Venegas, and Jacob Rhame, combined to work the final four and one-third innings, allowing just two base runners and no runs.  The Dragons (29-34) open a new three-game series against the Lansing Lugnuts (27-36) on Wednesday at 7:07 p.m. Nick Howard (1-1, 4.56) will start for the Dragons against Starlyn Suriel (2-3, 2.84).Dragons Lose Finale to Great Lakes

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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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