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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.
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BOSTON (AP) -- LeBron James scored 27 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a shoulder injury to Kevin Love to complete a first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics with a 101-93 victory Sunday.

Love left the court in the first quarter after hurting his left shoulder, and J.R. Smith was ejected for swinging his arm at Jae Crowder, but the Cavaliers held on to win a series for the first time since 2010, before James left for Miami.

Now Cleveland gets extra time before facing the winner of the Chicago-Milwaukee series. The Bulls lead 3-1.

The Cavaliers led 99-89 with 44 seconds left, but the Celtics didn't give up. Isaiah Thomas hit a layup and Avery Bradley sank two free throws to cut the lead to six before the ball went out of bounds off Kyrie Irving. But Gigi Datome missed a 3-pointer before Irving was fouled and made two shots.


BOSTON (AP) -- J.R. Smith has been ejected from Cleveland's playoff game after swinging his arm back and knocking Boston's Jae Crowder to the floor early in the second half.

Crowder remained there for a few minutes before leaving for the locker room. The Celtics said he had a sprained left knee and would not return.

Smith was charged with a flagrant foul. Isaiah Thomas made the two free throws then Avery Bradley hit a basket when the Celtics put the ball in play.

That just cut the Cavaliers' 21-point halftime lead to 57-40 as they went for a sweep of the first-round series.


BOSTON (AP) -- Kevin Love has been ruled out of the Cavaliers' playoff game against the Celtics after hurting his left shoulder midway through the first quarter.

Cleveland's power forward was injured when he and Boston's Kelly Olynyk chased a loose ball into the left corner after Jae Crowder of the Celtics missed a 3-pointer. Olynyk's right arm became entangled with Love's left arm. Love then grabbed his arm and kept running toward the Cleveland bench before going to the locker room, where he was icing the shoulder and undergoing evaluation.

Olynyk was charged with a non-shooting foul.

Love averaged 18.3 points in the first three games and scored the first basket Sunday in Cleveland's attempt to sweep the first-round, Eastern Conference series.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Rookie Addison Russell doubled with the bases loaded -- one of his best moments during his first week in the majors -- and the Chicago Cubs held on for a 5-2 victory on Sunday and a sweep of their rain-shortened series against the Cincinnati Reds.

The 21-year-old second baseman was in a slump when he broke the game open with his three-run double in the fourth inning off Anthony DeSclafani (2-1). Miguel Montero had a solo homer and a run-scoring single off DeSclafani, who had a streak of 16 scoreless innings snapped.

The Reds have dropped three in a row overall. They went 0 for 20 with runners in scoring position during the two games against Chicago.

Jake Arrieta (3-1) pitched six innings after waiting out a 4-hour, 13-minute delay before the Reds called off Saturday's game because of persistent rain. The Cubs won the series opener on Friday night, 7-3 in 11 innings.

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