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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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REDS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Kolten Wong hit a grand slam that backed Lance Lynn and led the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 Monday night.

Wong connected on a 3-2 fastball from rookie Raisel Iglesias (1-3) with two outs in the fourth, putting St. Louis ahead 4-1. Wong's second career grand slam easily cleared the right- field wall, landing in the home bullpen.

The Cardinals have won six of seven, are a big league-best 64-35 record and lead the NL Central by 6 1/2 games.

Lynn (8-5) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, improving to 7-3 against the Reds. He has won five of his last six decisions overall.

Trevor Rosenthal earned his 31st save in 33 chances after getting two days off.

TRAIL BLAZERS-CAVALIERS TRADE

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded forward Mike Miller and center Brendan Haywood to the Portland Trail Blazers to create salary-cap room and save luxury-tax money.

The Cavs have been shopping Haywood's expiring $10.5 million contract for weeks and worked out a deal with the Blazers, who will also get two second-round picks from Cleveland. Both teams confirmed the trade on Monday.

The Blazers are expected to cut Haywood, who barely played for Cleveland last season. Miller was signed last summer, bringing playoff experience and 3-point shooting to the Cavs, but he was hardly used in the playoffs.

Haywood is a 13-year NBA veteran. Miller is a 15-year veteran.

CAVALIERS-DELLAVEDOVA

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cavaliers have re-signed free agent guard Matthew Dellavedova to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

Dellavedova emerged as an unlikely postseason contributor after All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was injured.

He made $816,000 last season, and had been a restricted free agent.

Although the Cavs signed Mo Williams this summer to be Irving's primary backup, the team wanted to keep Dellavedova because of the energy he brings off the bench.

Dellavedova accepted the Cavs' qualifying offer and he can be an unrestricted free agent next summer when the league's salary cap will expand.

The Australian has endeared himself to Cleveland fans and his teammates with his non-stop hustle. Dellavedova had several big games in the playoffs, scoring 20 points in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

BROWNS-QUARTERBACKS

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine has been impressed with quarterback Johnny Manziel's improvement but said the former Heisman Trophy winner remains firmly behind Josh McCown for the starting job.

Meeting with Cleveland reporters to preview training camp, Pettine said McCown, signed during the offseason, likely will be the starter for the Sept. 13 season opener against the New York Jets but he wouldn't guarantee it.

Manziel, whose rough rookie season was followed by a stay in rehab, reported to the team's facility on Monday. Unlike last summer, Manziel did not make any headlines with his off-field conduct and Pettine was impressed that the QB recently worked out with former NFL coach Jon Gruden.

Pettine said the team "felt very comfortable" with Manziel's plans for the offseason and reiterated that the Browns won't micromanage their players.

TEXAS LEAGUE PITCHER

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) -- Former Northwest Arkansas pitcher Cody Reed picked up his first honor as the Texas League's Pitcher of the Week just before being traded from the Kansas City Royals to the Cincinnati Reds.

Reed threw seven scoreless innings against the Tulsa Drillers last week. He limited the Drillers to two hits and a walk while striking out seven batters in a 71-pitch outing.

The Royals picked Reed in the second round of the 2013 draft. On Sunday, the Royals sent Reed and pitchers Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb to Cincinnati for pitcher Johnny Cueto and cash considerations.

Northwest Arkansas is playing a three-game series this week at Arkansas.

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