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Hot Rods Top Dragons 3-1 in Bowling Green

Bowling Green, Ky.—Bowling Green starting pitcher Hyrum Formo and two relievers combined to scatter seven hits as the Hot Rods defeated the Dayton Dragons 3-1 on Thursday night.  The Dayton loss was their fifth straight and dropped their record to 6-9.  Bowling Green improved to 8-7 as they completed a sweep of the three-game series.

The Dragons went 1-5 on their six-game road trip, winning the first game on Saturday in Lansing.  Ironically, the Dragons enjoyed a five-run inning in the game on Saturday, their biggest inning of the season, but could plate only four runs over the remaining five games of the trip.

The Dragons broke an 18-inning scoreless drought in the fifth.  Trailing 2-0, Narciso Crook singled to left field and went to second on an error.  Ty Washington lined a double down the left field line to drive in Crook and make it 2-1.

Bowling Green added a single run in the bottom of the fifth and shut the Dragons down on two hits the rest of the night.  In the ninth, Dayton’s Aristides Aquino opened the inning with a base hit to left field to bring the tying run to the plate.  But Aquino was immediately picked off first base for the first out of the inning, and the next two hitters were strikeout victims to end the game.

Dragons starting pitcher Tejay Antone (0-2) worked the first five innings, allowing six hits and three runs with one walk and two strikeouts.   He was charged with the loss.

Jeremy Kivel followed Antone and worked a perfect sixth inning before running into problems in the seventh.  Kivel allowed a lead-off single and then issued back-to-back walks before being replaced by Conor Krauss with no outs and the bases loaded.  Krauss struck out the first batter he faced and then got an inning-ending double play to keep the Dragons within two runs through seven innings. Krauss pitched a perfect eighth inning to complete his outing.

The Dragons finished with seven hits.  Jimmy Pickens went 2 for 3 with a double and single.  Crook also had two hits, both singles.

The Dragons return home to Dayton to open a three-game series against the West Michigan Whitecaps on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  The series will continue Saturday at 7:00 and Sunday at 2:00.  Southwest Ohio native Seth Varner (2-0, 2.54) will pitch for the Dragons against West Michigan’s A.J. Ladwig (1-1, 3.48).
Hot Rods Top Dragons 3-1 in Bowling Green

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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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