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Dragons Take Opener at Lansing

LANSING, Mich. -- Gavin LaValley and Jose Ortiz keyed a 12-hit Dayton attack as the Dragons defeated the Lansing Lugnuts 9-3 on Saturday evening.  The Dragons improved to 6-4 with the win and moved to within a game of the first place Lugnuts.
The Dragons established season highs for runs in a game, hits in a game, runs and hits in an inning (five runs on six hits in the fourth) and largest margin of victory.  The Dragons have won five of their last six games.
The Dragons had to come from behind after Lansing scored two runs on four hits in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead.  But Dayton answered with its biggest inning of the season in the top of the fourth to jump ahead 5-2.  LaValley delivered a run-scoring single with one out and Jimmy Pickens followed with a double down the left field line to drive in the tying run.  One batter later, Ortiz doubled to left field to drive in LaValley and Pickens to make it 4-2.  Ortiz scored on a base hit by Ty Washington to give the Dragons a 5-2 lead.
Lansing got closer in the bottom of the fourth but Dragons starting pitcher Seth Varner worked out of jam.  Danny Jansen reached on an error to start the inning and scored from first on D.J. Davis’ triple to make it 5-3.  But with Davis at third and no one out, Varner notched back-to-back strikeouts and then got an inning-ending groundout to keep the Dragons up by two runs.
Dayton added two more runs in the fifth inning when LaValley singled to drive in Brian O’Grady and Avain Rachal to make it 7-3.  The Dragons closed out the scoring with two more in the top of the ninth, taking advantage of an error and a passed ball.
Varner (2-0) earned the win, going six innings and allowing six hits and three runs (two earned) with no walks and six strikeouts.  Jake Ehret worked a scoreless seventh inning, working out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam.  Jake Paulson tossed the final two innings, allowing one hit and no runs with a strikeout.
Offensively, LaValley was 2 for 4 with three runs batted in.  Ortiz went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI.  Luis Gonzalez and Aristides Aquino also had two hits for the Dragons.  Ortiz and Pickens each drove in two runs.
The Dragons (6-4) battle the Lugnuts (7-3) in the second game of the three-game series on Sunday at 2:05 p.m.  Mark Armstrong (0-0, 2.57) will start for Dayton against Lansing’s Sean Reid-Foley (0-0, 0.00).  The series will conclude on Monday at 12:05 p.m.  The set in Lansing will be followed by a three-game series in Bowling Green, Kentucky against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.  The next home game is Friday, April 24 against the West Michigan Whitecaps.

All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at  Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eugenio Suarez hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat Washington 3-2 Monday night to end the Nationals' nine-game home winning streak.

Suarez went 3 for 4 with two RBIs to help the Reds snap a three-game skid and improve to 4-0 against Washington this year, clinching the season series.

With the score knotted at 2, Suarez drove an 0-2 pitch from Casey Janssen (0-2) just inside the left-field foul pole. Recalled from the minors on June 11 after an injury sidelined starting shortstop Zack Cozart, Suarez is batting .329 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 21 games.

Manny Parra (1-1) worked the seventh and Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his 17th save. One of Chapman's fastballs was clocked at 103 mph.

Danny Espinosa homered for the Nationals, who had won 12 of 15 overall and were unbeaten at home since June 18.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Dallas Keuchel, chosen for the American League All-Star team earlier Monday, allowed three runs in six innings in helping the Houston Astros defeat the Cleveland Indians 9-4.

Keuchel (11-3), who leads the league in wins and is second with a 2.14 ERA, is a strong candidate to start next Tuesday's game in Cincinnati. The left-hander scattered nine hits and struck out eight.

An anticipated pitching duel between Keuchel and Carlos Carrasco never materialized. Carrasco, who came within one out of a no-hitter against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, allowed five runs in four innings. The right-hander (10-7) gave up four runs in the first and Preston Tucker's solo homer in the fourth.

Tucker had a career-high four hits and added an RBI single. Jose Altuve, Houston's All-Star second baseman, matched his career-high 14-game hitting streak with two hits, including an RBI double.


UNDATED (AP) -- Mo Williams is heading back to Cleveland to team up with LeBron James again.

Williams tweeted on Monday night that he is going back to the Cavaliers, where he was an All-Star playing alongside James in 2009. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press it's for two years and $4.3 million. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

Williams started last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and was traded to the Charlotte Hornets, where he averaged 17.2 points in 27 games.

The Cavaliers were in need of a quality backup point guard with the ability to score behind starter Kyrie Irving.

Williams spent two and a half seasons with the Cavaliers before being traded to the Clippers in 2011.

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