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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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INDIANS-TIGERS

DETROIT (AP) -- Victor Martinez drove in three runs, taking advantage after Cleveland pitched around Miguel Cabrera and helping Alfredo Simon and the Detroit Tigers beat the Indians 4-1 Saturday.

Cabrera drew four walks in a game for the first time in his career, three of them intentional. Earlier this season, the two-time AL MVP went 11 for 14 with six RBIs in a three-game series at Cleveland.

With Cabrera batting third, Martinez was in position to do damage hitting cleanup.

Simon (4-0) gave up one run in 6 2/3 innings. Joakim Soria pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.

Ian Kinsler drove in the other run for the Tigers and Rajai Davis stole three bases.

Michael Brantley had four hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in Cleveland's run.

T.J. House (0-3) gave up three runs in three innings. He started in place of Trevor Bauer, who was scratched because of an illness.

CUBS-REDS PPD

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Steady rain prompted the Reds to postpone their game against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, disappointing a big crowd that had bought tickets to see a reunion of Cincinnati's 1990 World Series championship team.

The teams waited 4 hours, 13 minutes before it was called off. No makeup was scheduled.

In addition to Saturday's rainout, the Reds have had three of their seven home games delayed by rain. They've also had three extra-inning games at home, including a 7-3 loss to the Cubs in 11 innings on Friday night.

It was Chicago's second postponement of the season. A game against St. Louis on April 7 was called off and hasn't been rescheduled.

UNION-CREW

Finlay scores twice; Crew power past Union 4-1

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ethan Finlay had two goals and an assist, Justin Meram and Kei Kamara each added a goal, and the Columbus Crew beat the Philadelphia Union 4-1 on Saturday night.

Kamara, Finlay and Meram each scored in the first half to help the Crew (3-2-2) build a 3-0 lead. Finlay added an insurance goal on a breakaway in the 73rd minute.

Kamara, in his 200th career MLS game, opened the scoring in the 21st minute when he settled Finlay's cross with a chest trap and blasted a left-footed shot into the net. It was his fifth goal of the season, tying him with Octavio Rivero for the league lead.

Finlay finished Waylon Francis' cross with one touch in the 32nd minute and Meram drove 40 yards by himself to score in the 44th.

Eric Ayuk scored on a header for the Union (1-5-3) in the 64th minute. The Crew had gone 272 minutes without allowing a goal.

JAMES-FULL-COURT SHOT

BOSTON (AP) -- LeBron James looked more like a quarterback than a basketball player, nailing a full-court shot Saturday afternoon at TD Garden.

A shirtless James, wearing gray shorts, made a one-handed throw from the baseline in front of Cleveland's bench. The ball sailed through the basket at the opposite end.

Video of the shot was taken by James' longtime personal trainer, Mike Mancias. It surfaced on Twitter shortly after the end of Cleveland's practice before Sunday's scheduled Game 4 against the Celtics.

Cleveland leads the series, 3-0.

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