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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 wone.com.  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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REDS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jay Bruce homered in the second to back Anthony DeSclafani's seven innings of three-hit ball, and the Cincinnati Reds shut out the St. Louis Cardinals for the second straight night, 1-0 on Wednesday.

The Reds ended a nine-series losing streak in St. Louis and have won consecutive games at Busch Stadium for the first time since July 6 and Sept. 2, 2011. It was the first time Cincinnati won consecutive games in the same series since June 2006.

Bruce's 17th home run moved him ahead of Barry Larkin to ninth in franchise history with 199 homers.

DeSclafani (6-7) did the rest, walking three and striking out three. Aroldis Chapman collected his 21st save in 22 opportunities.

The Cardinals squandered another strong outing from John Lackey (9-6), who gave up two hits in eight innings and has posted a 1.67 ERA during his last nine outings.

CARDINALS-HOLLIDAY INJURY

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday left Wednesday night's game with the Cincinnati Reds with a right quad strain after pulling up while running to first base on a double play that ended the first inning.

It is the same injury that sidelined Holliday for 31 games earlier this season. The Cardinals announced that an update on Holliday's condition would be made Thursday.

Holliday, a seven-time All-Star, is hitting .290 with four home runs and 31 RBIs.

Holliday was replaced in the lineup by Mark Reynolds, who entered the game at first base, while Stephen Piscotty moved to left field.

ROYALS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Corey Kluber took a shutout into the ninth, rookie Francisco Lindor hit a three-run homer and had a career-high four RBIs, and the Indians avoided a winless homestand with a 12-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes and rookie Giovanny Urshela hit solo homers for Cleveland, which had been outscored 37-10 in losing the first six games of the homestand. Michael Bourn was 4 for 5 as Cleveland had a season-high 18 hits.

Kluber (6-11) held Kansas City to five hits. The reigning Cy Young Award winner retired the first 12 batters before Eric Hosmer's leadoff double in the fifth. Alex Rios' RBI groundout in the ninth scored the Royals' only run.

BROWNS-REPORT

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Outside expectations are so low for the Browns that coach Mike Pettine joked he's seen his team picked to finish fifth in the four-team AFC North.

The Browns were the only team in their division not to make the playoffs last season, and the national perception is that Cleveland, which finished 7-9 last year, won't contend again. Pettine says he'll use the general lack of respect to motivate his players saying, "nobody wants to be disrespected."

Pettine believes the Browns made strides within their division last season, going 2-4. He pointed to wins over Pittsburgh and Cincinnati and the fact the Browns took a lead into the fourth quarter before losing twice to Baltimore.

Pettine says the Browns don't "feel like we're staring up a mountain in the division."

The Browns reported to training camp Wednesday and will have their first practice Thursday.

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