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Dragons Fall 8-3 in Home Opener Sunday

Dayton, Ohio—The South Bend Cubs broke open a one-run game by scoring four times in the seventh inning on the way to an 8-3 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Sunday afternoon.  The game was the annual home opener for the Dragons as a crowd of 9,027 attended at Fifth Third Field.
South Bend got the scoring started with three runs in the top of the third inning, keyed by a run-scoring triple by Trey Martin.  The Dragons answered with three runs in the bottom of the third.  Jimmy Pickens led off the Dayton half of the inning with a single to left-center field and eventually scored on Garrett Boulware’s double to left.  Boulware went to third on an infield single by Ronald Bueno and scored on an error.  After Gavin LaValley’s hard single to left loaded the bases, Bueno scored on Brian O’Grady’s ground out to tie the game at 3-3.
South Bend scored an unearned run in the fifth before breaking the game open with four runs in the seventh against Dragons reliever Jeremy Kivel.  Five of the first six batters in the inning collected singles to bring in two runs before back-to-back bases loaded walks forced in two more as South Bend took an 8-3 lead and closed out the scoring.
Dragons starter Tejay Antone (0-1) pitched well with the exception of the three-run third inning but suffered the loss.  He worked five innings, allowing four hits and four runs (three earned) with three walks and six strikeouts.
Brennan Bernardino replaced Antone and worked a perfect sixth inning.  Kivel pitched the seventh, allowing five hits and four runs with two walks and two strikeouts.  Brian Hunter tossed the final two innings, allowing two hits and two walks but no runs with three strikeouts.
The Dragons collected seven hits, matching their number for each of their three previous games on the year.  Pickens was 2 for 4 with a run scored and a stolen base.  Boulware’s double was the only Dragons extra base hit.
The Dragons fell to 1-3 on the year while South Bend improved to 3-1.  The two teams will meet again on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field in the second game of the series.  Batavia, Ohio native Seth Varner will make his first start for the Dragons while South Bend will counter with Trevor Clifton.  The series will conclude on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Dragons Fall 8-3 in Home Opener Sunday

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Taylor Jungmann pitched six strong innings and fellow rookie Domingo Santana homered to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

Jungmann (8-5) limited the Reds to three hits and three walks while striking out five.

Cincinnati rookie Raisel Iglesias (3-6) turned in a strong performance of his own by retiring 16 straight during one stretch.

While St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Chicago have made headlines in the NL Central this year, the Reds and Brewers are simply trying to avoid the basement of the majors' most competitive division. Milwaukee (54-74) snapped a four-game skid to remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Cincinnati (52-75).

Cincinnati has lost 13 of 14 and hasn't scored a run in 19 innings.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Trevor Bauer, starting in place of an ill Danny Salazar, allowed one run in eight innings and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 on Friday night.

Bauer (10-10) won for the second time in nine starts. He replaced Salazar, who was scratched because of a virus. Bauer allowed five hits and struck out seven.

Jason Kipnis, the American League's leading hitter (.324), drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning single to cap a three-run rally. Kipnis, who had struck out twice and hit into a double play in his first three at-bats, delivered off Trevor Gott (2-2).

Kaleb Cowart's RBI single in the fifth drove in the Angels' only run. Los Angeles entered the night one-half game behind Texas for the second wild-card spot in the AL.

Cody Allen worked a perfect ninth for his 27th save.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona says he won't use an out clause in his contract if team president Mark Shapiro takes a job elsewhere.

Shapiro reportedly is a candidate to succeed Toronto Blue Jays President Paul Beeston, who plans to retire after this season. Shapiro has declined to comment on the report. Francona said last week Shapiro had made him aware of the situation, which reportedly will be resolved in the next few days.

Francona signed a contract extension following last season through 2018 with team options for 2019 and 2020.

Francona said Friday that he had no intention of using the opt-out clause to get himself a better job.

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