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UD Tops Wright State in Softball, 9-5

DAYTON -– The University of Dayton softball team (32-12) came out on the winning side of an offensively charged battle with crosstown rival Wright State (15-27) 9-6 on Tuesday afternoon at UD Softball Stadium.  On a gusty day, the two teams combined for 21 hits.
Wright State got things started in the first with a RBI double, which was answered right back in the bottom half of the inning on a sophomore Hannah DeSalvo RBI single.  UD took the 3-1 first inning lead on a two-run Tiffany Ricks homerun, her tenth on the season and third in three games.
WSU tied the game back up in the second on back-to-back home runs from Alexis Mayle and Kate Pfeffer.  They took the 4-3 lead in the third on an unearned run scored on a single.
Dayton retook the lead in the bottom half of the third with a four-run inning that got started with a freshman Kayla Haberstich RBI single that scored two.  This was followed by a bases loaded walk issued to graduate student Jordan Jennings.  The inning was capped off by a sacrifice fly by freshman Jaclyn Kweder.
Jennings kept things going in the fifth with a solo homerun to extend the lead to four runs.  It was her second homerun of the season, and 23rd in her career.
In the sixth UD and WSU traded runs on a couple of RBI groundouts, first from Pfeffer, then from freshman Kailee Budicin after a Ricks lead-off triple.  Ricks finished three of four on the day with 2 RBI and three runs scored, and was a double away from the cycle.
The Raiders attempted the comeback in the seventh, and scored a run on a RBI triple, but freshman Manda Cash shut things down for the Flyers earning her seventh save of the season, tying her for the NCAA lead.  She went three and a third innings, tying her longest relief appearance of the season.
Senior Kayla English earned the victory for UD, her 17th on the year.  She is now four wins away from breaking the all-time record at Dayton, and has won each of her last five starts.

The Flyers are right back in action tomorrow evening in Akron against the Zips at the Lee R. Jackson Field.  First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m.
UD Tops Wright State in Softball, 9-5

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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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