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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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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.


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.


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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