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Dragons Win Fourth In a Row

DAYTON -- Brian O’Grady’s two-run double with two outs in the sixth inning gave the Dayton Dragons the lead on the way to a 5-2 victory on Thursday night.  A crowd of 8,015 saw the Dragons win their fourth straight game at Fifth Third Field.  Dayton improved to 5-3 with the win and dropped Bowling Green to 2-6.
The Dragons jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Wendell Soto walked, advanced to second on Ronald Bueno’s sacrifice, and scored on Aristides Aquino’s two-out double.  Meanwhile, Dragons starting pitcher Wyatt Strahan allowed only three base runners and no runs over the first five innings.  But in the top of the sixth, Bowling Green’s Riley Unroe connected on a two-run home run off Strahan to give the Hot Rods a 2-1 lead.
In the Dayton half of the sixth, Gavin LaValley lined a one-out double to center field and Aquino walked.  After Avain Rachal lined out to center, O’Grady followed by drilled a two-base hit to the fence in left-center field, bringing in both LaValley and Aquino to give the Dragons the lead at 3-2.  The Dragons added two more runs in the eighth, keyed by an run-scoring infield single by Rachal and an error, to close out the scoring.
Strahan (2-0) earned his second straight win.  He worked six innings, allowing five hits and two runs with one walk and three strikeouts.  Jeremy Kivel followed Strahan and pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out one.  Brian Hunter retired all three batters in the eighth, getting two strikeouts.  Alejandro Chacin tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first save.  Bowling Green did not have a base runner after the sixth inning.
The Dragons finished with eight hits.  LaValley was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.  Aquino extended his hitting streak to five straight games after a slow start.
Over the Dragons four-game winning streak, their opponents have scored only five runs to lower the team earned run average to 2.73.  Dragons relievers have combined for 13 and one-third scoreless innings during the winning streak.
The Dragons host Bowling Green again on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.
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:  The game was played in just two hours, 10 minutes after Wednesday’s series opener last two hours, six minutes…The Dragons have committed just three errors during the four-game winning streak.
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INDIANS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Danny Salazar pitched eight innings of one-hit ball, Michael Bourn doubled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Friday night for their third straight win.

Lonnie Chisenhall had three hits, stole a base and scored the go-ahead run for the Indians, who lost eight of 11 before their streak.

Salazar (9-6) walked one and struck out four to end a personal two-game slide. He has a 1.53 ERA over his last four starts, spanning 29 1/3 innings.

Cody Allen got the last three outs for his 21st save.

Edward Mujica (2-3) took the loss.

PIRATES-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Andrew McCutchen hit another homer at Great American Ball Park, and Pittsburgh's rebuilt bullpen was shaky but delivered on Friday night, holding on for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Pirates got their first win of the season in Cincinnati -- they'd been 0-4 -- and finished July with a 17-9 record, the best in the National League.

McCutchen connected off Michael Lorenzen (3-6), and Jung Ho Kang had three doubles and drove in a run to support Jeff Locke (6-6). The left-hander lasted five innings and turned it over to the rebuilt bullpen.

Former Tigers closer Joakim Soria arrived a few hours before the game and slipped into his new role as setup man. He loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh -- a pair of walk got him in trouble -- but snagged Brayan Pena's liner over his head to end the threat

PADRES-INDIANS TRADE

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians have made their third trade this week, sending left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Abraham Almonte.

Rzepczynski went 2-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 45 games this season. Earlier this week, the Indians, who recently lost six straight games and fell back in the AL wild-card race, dealt outfielder David Murphy to the Angels and sent slugger Brandon Moss to St. Louis.

The 26-year-old Almonte has split the season between San Diego and Triple-A El Paso, batting .275 with four homers, 35 RBIs and 11 steals in 61 games in the minors. He has spent two stints in the majors, batting .204 in 31 games. The 5-foot-9, switch-hitting center fielder began his career after signing with the Yankees in 2005.

Rzepczynski joined the Indians in 2013, coming over in a trade with St. Louis. He appeared in 73 games last season.

GIANTS-REDS TRADE

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds have shipped starter Mike Leake to the San Francisco Giants for a pair of prospects, bolstering the defending World Series champions for another playoff run.

San Francisco needed one more solid starter, and got a young pitcher who has been at his best in July. The 27-year-old Leake has won his last four starts, allowing only two earned runs in 30 innings overall.

He threw eight innings of four-hit ball in a 4-0 win in St. Louis on Tuesday.

The Reds got infielder Adam Duvall and right-hander Keury Mella for Leake, who can become a free agent after the season.

The deal came six days after Cincinnati dealt ace Johnny Cueto to Kansas City for three minor league pitchers.

DEVILS-CASTRON

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils have hired Paul Castron as their director of amateur scouting.

General manager Ray Shero announced the move on Friday, just weeks after saying that long-time scouting director David Conte would not be offered a new contract.

Castron will oversee all aspects of the club's amateur scouting operations. He spent the previous 16 seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, including the last nine as director of amateur scouting.

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