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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 wone.com.  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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INDIANS-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of throwing the Cleveland Indians' first no-hitter since 1981 on Wednesday night, giving up an RBI single to Joey Butler over leaping second baseman Jason Kipnis' glove in an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

For the third straight night, the Indians took a perfect game into the sixth inning against the Rays. This time, Carrasco retired the first 19 batters before walking Butler with one out in the seventh.

Washington's Max Scherzer lost his perfect game with one strike to go on June 20 but finished with a no-hitter, the second in the major leagues this season.

Carrasco walked Astrubal Cabrera leading off the ninth, then hit pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer with a pitch. Grady Sizemore, also pinch hitting, grounded into a force play and Kevin Kiermaier struck out to bring Butler to the plate with a crowd of 11,394 at Tropicana Field on its feet.

Butler lined an 0-2 pitch over Kipnis, who jumped high in the air to make an attempt at the ball and fell flat to the ground as the line drive landed cleanly in the outfield. Carrasco smiled, clapped into his glove several times and pointed at the second baseman in appreciation of his effort.

TWINS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Johnny Cueto made his best start yet since returning from a sore elbow, allowing four hits in eight innings, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Wednesday to take their interleague series.

The game started 12 hours after the Twins' 8-5 win on Tuesday night following a long weather delay. Minnesota played several rested backups in the quick turnaround, with Torii Hunter among those out of the lineup.

Cincinnati took two of three in the series.

Cueto (5-5) pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in six starts since he returned from an inflamed right elbow. He struck out eight, walked one and gave up an RBI groundout to Eddie Rosario.

Aroldis Chapman retired the side in the ninth for his 16th save in 17 chances.

CAVALIERS-LOVE

UNDATED (AP) -- Kevin Love is staying in Cleveland and it's going to be for the long term.

Love issued a statement through The Players Tribune on Wednesday announcing that he would be returning to Cleveland next season. A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Love will get a five-year max contract worth more than $110 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details have not been released. No NBA contract can be signed until July 9.

Love came to Cleveland from Minnesota last summer in a trade that sent Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves.

Love injured his shoulder in the first round of the playoffs and missed the rest of the Cavaliers' run to the NBA Finals.

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