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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-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Taylor Jungmann pitched six strong innings and fellow rookie Domingo Santana homered to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

Jungmann (8-5) limited the Reds to three hits and three walks while striking out five.

Cincinnati rookie Raisel Iglesias (3-6) turned in a strong performance of his own by retiring 16 straight during one stretch.

While St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Chicago have made headlines in the NL Central this year, the Reds and Brewers are simply trying to avoid the basement of the majors' most competitive division. Milwaukee (54-74) snapped a four-game skid to remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Cincinnati (52-75).

Cincinnati has lost 13 of 14 and hasn't scored a run in 19 innings.

ANGELS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Trevor Bauer, starting in place of an ill Danny Salazar, allowed one run in eight innings and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 on Friday night.

Bauer (10-10) won for the second time in nine starts. He replaced Salazar, who was scratched because of a virus. Bauer allowed five hits and struck out seven.

Jason Kipnis, the American League's leading hitter (.324), drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning single to cap a three-run rally. Kipnis, who had struck out twice and hit into a double play in his first three at-bats, delivered off Trevor Gott (2-2).

Kaleb Cowart's RBI single in the fifth drove in the Angels' only run. Los Angeles entered the night one-half game behind Texas for the second wild-card spot in the AL.

Cody Allen worked a perfect ninth for his 27th save.

INDIANS-FRANCONA

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona says he won't use an out clause in his contract if team president Mark Shapiro takes a job elsewhere.

Shapiro reportedly is a candidate to succeed Toronto Blue Jays President Paul Beeston, who plans to retire after this season. Shapiro has declined to comment on the report. Francona said last week Shapiro had made him aware of the situation, which reportedly will be resolved in the next few days.

Francona signed a contract extension following last season through 2018 with team options for 2019 and 2020.

Francona said Friday that he had no intention of using the opt-out clause to get himself a better job.

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