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WSU Baseball Drops Series Opener Against Youngstown State

FAIRBORN -- The Wright State baseball team led 1-0 early, only to see Youngstown State score four times in the fourth and twice in the eighth before holding on for a 6-5 decision in the opener of a three-game Horizon League series Friday night at Nischwitz Stadium.

WSU opened the scoring in the second on a Jason DeFevers RBI single and the Raiders still held that 1-0 edge through three innings as starter Jesse Scholtens retired the first nine batters he faced, striking out two.

The fourth, however, was a different story as the Penguins strung together five hits in scoring four runs, the key hit being a Shane Willoughby double to left center.

A solo home run to left off the bat of Sean Murphy, his second of the year, cut the deficit to 4-2 in the sixth, but Youngstown State added two insurance runs in the eighth on a double down the left field line by Alex Larivee.

Those two runs turned out to be the game-winners as Wright State rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth.  Hits by Gabe Snyder and Matt Morrow set the stage for Mark Fowler, who cracked his first home run of the year, a three-run blast to left with two out, trimming the margin to 6-5.

YSU brought on Anthony Konders at that point and he struck out the only batter he faced to earn the save.

The loss was the first for WSU at Nischwitz Stadium after winning the first 11 at home this season.  It snapped a 13-game home winning streak overall with the last setback being an 11-1 decision against Valparaiso on May 9, 2014.

Murphy and Fowler each led the Raider offense with two hits.

Wright State (20-10, 8-4 Horizon) and Youngstown State (8-19, 4-9 Horizon) will play the second game of the series Saturday at 2:00.
WSU Baseball Drops Series Opener Against Youngstown State

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INDIANS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO (AP) -- Melky Cabrera capped Chicago's four-run ninth inning with an RBI single off Cody Allen, sending the White Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.

Six consecutive batters reached safely before Cabrera drove a fastball into left-center for his first game-ending hit since he signed with Chicago over the winter. Alexei Ramirez doubled home two runs and Gordon Beckham had a tying RBI single.

David Robertson (1-0) worked a perfect ninth for his first win with the White Sox. Allen (0-2) recorded just one out in his first blown save in four chances.

Chicago had managed just four hits before the big finish.

Trevor Bauer pitched seven sparkling innings for Cleveland, which has dropped seven of nine. Ryan Raburn and Brett Hayes homered, and Michael Brantley had an RBI double.

REDS-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Anthony Desclafani pitched eight shutout innings and Zach Cozart and Joey Votto homered as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 on Monday night.

Desclafani (2-0) held Milwaukee hitless until Adam Lind's double with two outs in the fourth. Hector Gomez's fifth-inning single was the only other hit off Desclafani, who struck out five and ran his scoreless innings streak to 15.

Desclafani and Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta (0-2) were locked in a scoreless battle through five innings. The Reds got to Peralta in the sixth. Brayan Pena drove in the game's first run with a sacrifice fly and Cozart followed with a three-run homer.

Votto added a two-run homer in the seventh off Peralta, who allowed six runs and eight hits over seven innings.

Ryan Braun homered with one out in the ninth for the Brewers.

CAVALIERS-OTHER GUYS

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- They don't have the catchy nickname of their three famous teammates, but Cleveland's reserves mean almost as much to the Cavaliers as the "Big 3."

Cleveland got major contributions from its bench while winning Game 1 of its playoff series against Boston on Sunday. Forward Tristan Thompson got big rebounds, James Jones made two critical baskets at the end of the third quarter to slow the Celtics' comeback, and Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova did their usual exemplary job on defense.

Even Shawn Marion came in for 52 seconds and had two steals. And, Kendrick Perkins, who didn't play, delivered an impassioned pregame speech.

LeBron James raved about the lift provided by Cleveland's bench, and Cavs coach David Blatt credited his backups with making "winning plays."

The Cavs and Celtics resume their best-of-7 series on Tuesday night.

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