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Romano Fans 10, Dragons Win 3-2

DAYTON — Dayton starting pitcher Sal Romano struck out a career-high 10 batters over five strong innings and the Dragons went on to defeat the Cedar Rapids Kernels 3-2 on Monday night before a crowd of 8,118 at Fifth Third Field.  The Dragons salvaged a victory in the three-game set with the Kernels.Romano (7-9) allowed one run on five hits with only one walk as he reached double figures in strikeouts for the first time over his three-year professional career.  He has allowed just four earned runs in five starts during the month of July.The Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jonathan Reynoso reached on an infield single and scored from first on Robert Ramirez’s double to the right field corner.  Cedar Rapids tied the game on a two-out wild pitch to bring in a runner from third in the second.The Dragons regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Ronald Bueno tripled down the right field line and scored on a triple to the right field corner by Jamodrick McGruder.  McGruder scored on Jonathan Reynoso’s double down the left field line to make it 3-1.  The Kernels pulled to within one in the sixth on a solo home run by Mitch Garver, his 14th of the year.Dragons closer Alejandro Chacin entered the game to pitch the ninth and protect the 3-2 lead.  He struck out the first two batters in the inning before issuing a walk, but struck out Engelb Vielma swinging to end the game and earn his 12th save.The Dragons finished with eight hits.  McGruder and Reynoso each had two hits, a run scored, and a run batted in.The Dragons (16-20) travel to Lansing, Michigan to meet the Lansing Lugnuts (18-18) in the first game of a three-game series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.   Dayton’s Dan Langfield (2-2, 3.38) battles Lansing’s Chase De Jong (0-6, 5.27).   All Dragons games can be heard on WONE Radio (980 AM) and via the internet at wone.com and through the Dragons Mobile App.Notes:  Nick Howard, the Cincinnati Reds 2014 number one draft pick, made his fourth career appearance and allowed his first base runners and first run of his professional career.  After four perfect innings over his first three outings, Howard allowed a solo homer to the first batter he faced, Garver, in the sixth.  He retired the next five batters he faced before giving up a two-out single in the seventh and left the game when he reached his pitch limit.Romano Fans 10, Dragons Win 3-2

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Johnny Cueto pitched seven solid innings, and the Cincinnati Reds stayed in the chase for the NL's top record by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Tuesday night after learning they'll be without their manager for the rest of the week.

The Brewers dropped back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month, and it came at a bad time. They started the day 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the final NL wild card spot.

They got no break from the Reds, who clinched the NL Central title on Saturday night.

Manager Dusty Baker met players before the game and revealed he suffered a mini-stroke in addition to being treated for an irregular heartbeat last week. The 63-year-old manager hopes to return to the dugout next week.

REDS-BAKER

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Dusty Baker won't manage the Cincinnati Reds until the final series in St. Louis, giving him time to recover from an irregular heartbeat that left him hospitalized last week.

Baker met with owner Bob Castellini and his team on Tuesday before a game against the Brewers. Bench coach Chris Speier said he'll manage the final three home games against Milwaukee and three in Pittsburgh over the weekend, with Baker taking over for the last three games next week.

The 63-year-old manager was hospitalized in Chicago last Wednesday for an irregular heartbeat, a problem he's had for a while. He was in the hospital for four days, missing the Reds' 6-0 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night that clinched the NL Central title.

INDIANS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox have lost sole possession of first place in the AL Central race, with the Indians playing spoiler. Gordon Beckham hit into a game-ending forceout with the potential tying run on second base yesterday as the Indians downed the White Sox 4-3.

Down 4-0 in the fourth inning, the White Sox closed within a run when Paul Konerko homered off Chris Perez leading off the ninth. Perez walked a pair of batters with two outs, and Beckham grounded to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who threw to second baseman Jason Kipnis for the force.

Chicago (82-72) had held sole possession of the division lead since September 3. Detroit pulled into a tie for the division lead with its win over Kansas City last night.

T25-OHIO ST-MATCHING UP

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Through four games and four victories, Ohio State's defense has faced a continual drumbeat of short passes, quick routes, screens and sweeps.

Every opponent, it seems, has relied on a sleight of hand.

Now the Buckeyes are looking forward to getting into familiar territory when they open Big Ten play.

When No. 14 Ohio State travels to 20th-ranked Michigan State on Saturday, the Buckeyes anticipate they'll run into a more conventional Midwestern attack. Granted, that means having to counteract the 244-pound blasts of the Spartans' massive Le'Veon Bell.

But after a month of chasing people, the Buckeyes think they might benefit from a change of pace from the subterfuge and rush-avoiding quick-hitters in a trade for raw man-on-man power struggles at the line of scrimmage.

T25-UPTIGHT SPARTANS

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State's lackluster win last weekend got to coach Mark Dantonio.

After the Spartans beat Eastern Michigan 23-7 Saturday, Dantonio hurried through a terse news conference full of abrupt answers. The Michigan State coach said "next question" seven times in under a minute and was clearly annoyed with the way his team played.

On Tuesday, Dantonio spoke with reporters for around a half-hour, but Michigan State isn't making any players or assistants available this week. The Spartans' coach is trying to send a clear message to his players that it's time to get serious.

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