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Dragons Winning Streak Ends at 6

Dayton, Ohio—Chuck Taylor collected four hits including a grand slam home run and drove in six runs to lead the South Bend Silver Hawks to a 13-2 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Sunday afternoon.  The Dragons loss snapped their six-game winning streak as they settled for two-out-of-three in the series with South Bend.  A crowd of 8,028 saw the game at Fifth Third Field.
 
South Bend pounded out 15 hits in the game.  Along with Taylor’s four hits, Fidel Pena was 4 for 5 with a double and a triple.  Daniel Palka delivered a three-run home run, his league-leading 22nd of the year, and Michael Perez added a solo homer, his ninth.
 
After South Bend scored two runs in the top of the first inning, the Dragons responded with a run in the bottom of the first, marking the seventh straight game in which the Dragons have scored in the opening frame.  Alex Blandino led off the inning with a single to left field and stole second.  He scored on Phillip Ervin’s two-out double to left-center to make it 2-1.
 
But the rest of the day belonged to South Bend.  The Silver Hawks led 3-1 before exploding for five runs in the fourth inning, keyed by Taylor’s one-out grand slam home run.  They added two more in the fifth and Palka’s three-run homer in the seventh made it 13-1.  The Dragons closed out the scoring with a run in the ninth on an RBI single by Jose Ortiz.
 
Dragons starting pitcher Sal Romano (7-10) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs in three and one-third innings.  He gave up eight hits and two walks while striking out three.
 
The Dragons collected nine hits.  Jon Matthews had his third three-hit game in the last five and raised his batting average to .345.  Tanner Rahier had two hits to extend his hitting streak to six straight games.  Robert Ramirez saw his seven-game hitting streak end with a 0 for 4 day.
 
The 13 runs by South Bend marked the first time the Dragons had allowed more than seven runs in a game in over a month.  Lake County scored 13 against the Dragons on June 30.
 
The Dragons (21-21) open a new three-game series at Fifth Third Field against the Great Lakes Loons (19-22) on Monday at 7:00 p.m.  Nick Travieso (10-5, 3.50) will pitch for the Dragons against Brandon Martinez (1-7, 4.68).
 
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:  The Dragons continue to hold a one and one-half game lead in the Eastern Division second half playoff chase with 28 games to play.   The top two teams in the division (excluding first half qualifiers West Michigan and South Bend) will qualify for the playoffs. Dragons Winning Streak Ends at 6

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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