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Dragons Win, Complete Series Sweep over West Michigan

DAYTON - Avain Rachal’s run-scoring single broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning and the Dayton Dragons held on for a 3-2 victory over the West Michigan Whitecaps on Sunday afternoon.  A crowd of 8,465 attended the game at Fifth Third Field as the Dragons completed a sweep of the three-game series.

The win lifted the Dragons back to the .500 mark at 9-9.  West Michigan fell to 8-10 with the loss.

The Dragons trailed 2-1 when Dayton’s Luis Gonzalez reached on an error to start the bottom of the seventh inning.  Gonzalez advanced to second on Jonathan Reynoso’s sacrifice.  Wendell Soto followed with a double down the left field line that drove in Gonzalez from second to tie the game.  A pair of walks to Brian O’Grady and Gavin LaValley loaded the bases, and Rachal followed with a single through the right side of the infield to drive in Soto and give the Dragons a 3-2 lead.

Dayton reliever Scott Brattvet pitched a scoreless eighth inning, allowing a two-out walk and a wild pitch before getting an inning-ending ground out to preserve the lead.  Brian Hunter struck out the side in order in the ninth to earn his second save.

Dragons starter Tyler Mahle (2-1) became the first Dragons pitcher to go seven innings this season and earned the win.  He allowed seven hits and two runs with no walks and eight strikeouts.  Mahle retired the last nine batters he faced including six on strikeouts.

The Dragons trailed 2-0 before scoring one run in the fourth.  Jimmy Pickens doubled to right, went to third on Jose Ortiz’s ground out, and one batter later, scored on Gonzalez’s broken bat infield single to make it 2-1.  Dragons pitchers did not allow a hit after the fourth inning.

The Dragons collected eight hits.  Rachal and Gonzalez each had two.

The Dragons earned their first series sweep of 2015.  They won the series opener Friday 8-5 before posting back-to-back come-from-behind wins.  They scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to win 4-3 on Saturday.

The Dragons (8-9) do not play on Monday.  They open a six-game road trip against the Fort Wayne Tin Caps on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.  Wyatt Strahan (2-1, 3.45) will pitch for the Dragons against Fort Wayne’s Taylor Aikenhead (1-0, 8.74).

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.

Notes:  The Dragons are 7-2 at home this season…Pickens has hit safely in four straight games, going 7 for 14 (.500)…Dragons outfielders notched two assists in the game.  Left fielder Brian O’Grady threw out a runner at second to end the third inning, and right fielder Narciso Crook nailed a runner at the plate to end the fourth.
Dragons Win, Complete Series Sweep over West Michigan

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James shook off an atrocious shooting start and withstood Atlanta's gritty comeback to record a triple-double, and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of the NBA Finals by beating the Hawks 114-111 in overtime on Sunday night to take a 3-0 series lead.

James missed his first 10 shots, but finished with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists. The Cavs needed every single one of them to hold off the top-seeded Hawks, who fought Cleveland until the final seconds despite being without injured shooter Kyle Korver and losing Al Horford, who was ejected in the first half.

James hit a 3-pointer with 36.4 seconds left to put the Cavs ahead by one, and the superstar dropped a runner with 12.8 left to make it 114-111.

Atlanta had two chances to tie it in the final seconds, but Shelvin Mack missed two 3-pointers.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Atlanta forward Al Horford has been ejected in the second quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals for throwing an elbow at Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova.

Horford and Dellavedova got tangled on the floor while scrambling for a loose ball. As Dellavedvoa was rolling up on his right knee, Horford brought his right arm down hard to the side of the scrappy guard's head.

The officials took several minutes looking at the play on a video monitor before assessing Horford with a Flagrant 2 foul and ejecting him. He had 14 points.

It's the second time in this series Dellavedova has been involved in a loose-ball situation. While diving for a ball in Game 2, he accidentally injured Atlanta's Kyle Korver, knocking him out of the playoffs with a severely sprained ankle.

Dellavedova, too, had a run-in with Chicago's Taj Gibson in the second round.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Trevor Bauer pitched into the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians extended their winning streak to six games with a 5-2 victory over the slumping Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Cincinnati has dropped eight in a row, its longest losing streak since 2009. The Reds have been outscored 54-19 during the streak that has dropped them to a season-worst seven games under .500 at 18-25.

Cleveland, which has won eight of 10, took advantage of three Cincinnati errors to continue its hottest stretch of the season. David Murphy, Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana each drove in a run.

Bauer (4-1) took a shutout into the seventh when Marlon Byrd hit a solo homer for the only run allowed by the right-hander in 7 2-3 innings.

Rookie Raisel Iglesias (1-1), starting in place of Johnny Cueto, allowed two runs in three innings. The Reds announced Saturday that the rookie from Cuba would replace Cueto, who has a sore right elbow.

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