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Dragons Walk-Off Against South Bend

DAYTON -- Jimmy Pickens’ infield grounder allowed Aristides Aquino to race in from third base with the winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Dayton Dragons battled back to defeat the South Bend Cubs 3-2 on Tuesday night.  With the win, the Dragons took two-out-of-three in the series with South Bend and improved to 3-3 on the season.
The ninth inning began when Aquino lined a double down the right field line with the score tied 2-2.  Gavin LaValley’s fly out to deep center field allowed Aquino to tag and advance to third.  With one out, the Cubs intentionally walked Avain Rachal to bring up the left-handed batting Pickens against left-hander Tommy Thorpe.  Rachal stole second before Pickens hit a 2-2 pitch to the right of South Bend first baseman Gioskar Amaya, who fielded the ball and turned to throw home as Aquino raced to the plate.  Amaya’s throw was wide of catcher Cael Brockmeyer as Aquino slid in safely to end the game.
South Bend picked up single runs in the second and third innings before the Dragons scored in the bottom of the third.  With one out in the Dayton third, Narciso Crook drilled a triple to center field to give the Dragons their first base runner of the night.  Crook scored on Jose Ortiz’s ground out to third base to make it 2-1.  In the eighth, the Dragons tied the game.  Ortiz doubled to left field with one out and scored on a two-out single to right by Wendell Soto to even the score.
The Dragons bullpen was outstanding in the game.  Jake Ehret tossed three shutout innings and allowed only one base runner.  He struck out five.  Brennan Bernardino (1-0) worked a scoreless ninth, allowing a walk and striking out two to earn the win.
Dragons starting pitcher Mark Armstrong tossed five innings, allowing six hits and two runs with one walk and one strikeout.
The Dragons collected just five hits in the game and had only one over six innings against South Bend starter Ryan Williams.  Three of the five hits went for extra bases including doubles by Aquino and Ortiz and the triple by Crook.
The Dragons open a new three-game series with the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  Tyler Mahle (0-0, 1.80) will make his second start of the year for the Dragons.  Brent Honeywell (0-0, 2.25) will start for Bowling Green.
All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at  Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.

Notes:  In the three Dragons wins this season, their opponents have combined to score only three runs…The Dragons have committed one error or less in five of their six games.
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TORONTO (AP) -- Jerry Sands singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Danny Salazar struck out 10 and the Cleveland Indians won their sixth straight game, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Monday night.

Salazar (12-7) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He reached double digits in strikeouts for the fifth time this season and the first time since fanning 10 against Baltimore on June 6.

Bryan Shaw got two outs in the eighth and Cody Allen finished for his 28th save.

Ryan Raburn doubled home the tying run as the Indians matched their longest winning streak of the season and halted Toronto's run at four.

Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion, who was named AL player of the week after batting .391 (9 for 23) with six home runs and 17 RBIs, extended his hitting streak to 26 games with a leadoff single in the sixth.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians President Mark Shapiro is leaving the club after this season to run Toronto's front office.

Shapiro has had several prominent roles in his 24 season with Cleveland. He will become the Blue Jays' next president and CEO.

Shapiro will replace Toronto CEO Paul Beeston, who is retiring.

Shapiro has been with Cleveland since 1992, when he began as an assistant in baseball operations. He spent four years as the team's minor league director and three as vice president before becoming general manager in 2001. The Indians made the playoffs twice with Shapiro calling the shots before he took over as team president in 2010.

Shapiro says the decision to leave Cleveland is difficult, and owner Paul Dolan says he will not look for a replacement.


TORONTO (AP) -- The ownership of the Toronto Blue Jays says it would "love" to keep general manager Alex Anthopoulos and has been in discussions about extending his contract.

The news comes on the day Rogers Communications announced the hiring of Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro to become team president. He replaces Paul Beeston, who is retiring.

Rogers spokesperson Andrea Goldstein said Monday the team would "love to extend Alex's contract" and that he "has a done a terrific job." His contract expires in October.

Goldstein says the immediate focus, however, is a strong finish to the season. Toronto leads the AL East by 1 1/2 games.

Anthopoulos acquired MVP candidate Josh Donaldson in the offseason and traded for David Price and Troy Tulowitzki before the deadline to give Toronto a chance at its first playoff spot since 1993.

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