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Dragons Win Third Straight

DAYTON -- Dayton starting pitcher Tyler Mahle and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout as the Dragons defeated the Bowling Green Hot Rods 4-0 on Wednesday night.  The win was the third straight for the Dragons and raised their record above the .500 mark for the first time this season at 4-3.  Bowling Green fell to 2-5.
Mahle (1-0) tossed six and two-thirds innings, the longest start of 2015 for a Dragons pitcher.  He allowed four hits and one walk while striking out five to earn the win, lowering his earned run average to 0.77 through two starts.
Jake Paulson replaced Mahle with two men on and two outs in the seventh and retired all four batters he faced over one and one-third innings.  Conor Krauss worked the ninth, allowing a lead-off walk and a single before getting a double play ball and a game-ending groundout.
The Dragons got the lead in the fourth inning.  Wendell Soto walked to start the inning and went to second on Luis Gonzalez’s ground out.  With two outs, Aristides Aquino lined a base hit to left field.  Soto initially stopped at third, but Aquino rounded first base and was trapped in a rundown.  Just before Aquino was tagged out, Soto raced in to score and give the Dragons a 1-0 lead.
In the sixth, the Dragons added two more runs.  Narciso Crook reached on a bunt single to start the inning and Jose Ortiz walked.  Soto then bunted to the side of the mound.  Hot Rods pitcher Brent Honeywell fielded the bunt and threw to third, but his throw was late and skipped past Grant Kay, allowing Crook to score and Ortiz to go to third.  Three batters later, Aquino delivered a sacrifice fly to bring in Ortiz and make it 3-0.
Soto lined a home run to right field in the eighth to close the scoring.  The five-foot, eight-inch Soto gave the Dragons their first home run of the season.  Dragons opponents have not yet connected on a homer.
The Dragons collected just three hits, including Aquino’s single, the bunt hit by Crook, and the home run by Soto.
Over the Dragons three-game winning streak, their opponents have scored only three runs.  In fact, opponents have total three runs combined in the Dragons four victories this season.  Dragons relievers have combined for 10 and one-third scoreless innings during the winning streak.

The Dragons host Bowling Green again on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  Wyatt Strahan (1-0, 0.00) will try for his second straight win for the Dragons after beating West Michigan in his first start on Saturday.  Greg Harris (0-1, 1.80) will start for Bowling Green.  Dragons Win Third Straight

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BULLS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Derrick Rose scored 25 points and Pau Gasol added 21, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 99-92 victory over the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night.

Looking like the MVP he was before being slowed by knee injuries, Rose helped the Bulls swipe home-court advantage from the Cavs, who were missing starters Kevin Love and J.R. Smith.

Jimmy Butler added 20 points and banked in a contested jumper with 30 seconds left as the Bulls closed it out.

Kyrie Irving scored 30 points and LeBron James added 19 and 15 rebounds for Cleveland, playing its first game since Love -- one of the Cavs' Big 3 -- was lost for the remainder of the postseason with a shoulder injury.

Game 2 is Wednesday night.

The Cavs only trailed by four points in the final minutes, but they forced several 3-point attempts and James missed a tough layup with 51 seconds left.

CAVALIERS-MILLER STARTS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers veteran swingman Mike Miller was a surprise starter for Game 1 against Chicago.

With Cleveland missing starters Kevin Love and J.R. Smith, Cavs coach David Blatt decided to go with Miller, who made 15 regular-season starts. The 15-year veteran's addition to the lineup was mildly shocking since Blatt also had James Jones and Shawn Marion as options.

Miller has plenty of playoff experience with Orlando, Memphis and Miami. He has averaged 5.4 points in 85 postseason games.

In his first start this season, Miller made seven 3-pointers in a win over Brooklyn.

Love is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. He was injured in Cleveland's series-clinching win over Boston. Smith is suspended from the first two games of the Eastern Conference semifinals for striking Celtics guard Jae Crowder in the face.

Iman Shumpert started in Smith's "off guard" spot.

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