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Dragons Edge Loons, 1-0

DAYTON - Dayton starting pitcher Amir Garrett and relievers Nick Howard and Alejandro Chacin combined on a seven-hit shutout as the Dragons defeated the Great Lakes Loons 1-0 on Wednesday night.  A crowd of 8,275 attended the game at Fifth Third Field as the Dragons avoided a sweep of the three-game series.The only run of the game came in the bottom of the first inning.  Dayton’s Ronald Bueno singled to right field with one out and went to second on a hit to left by Alex Blandino.  Bueno advanced to third on Phillip Ervin’s foul pop to the first baseman, and Robert Ramirez followed with a two-out single to right to drive in Bueno.Garrett worked the first five innings to earn the win, allowing two hits and one walk with six strikeouts.  Howard replaced Garrett to start the sixth and pitched out of tough jams in each of his first two innings.  In the sixth, the Loons put runners at second and third with no one out, but Howard worked out of trouble.  In the seventh, Great Lakes had men at first and second with no one out when Webster Rivas hit a deep drive to center field.  Phillip Ervin raced back and made the catch, then threw to the relay man, Bueno, who fired to first before Josmar Cordero could return to the base for a double play.  Howard got Spencer Navin to ground to shortstop to end the threat.In the eighth, the Loons had runners at first and second with two outs, but Chacin replaced Howard and struck out Paul Hoenecke to end the inning.  Then in the ninth, Cordero singled with one out and Rivas doubled, moving pinch runner Malcolm Holland to third.  But Chacin struck out Navin for the second out before Jacob Scavuzzo drilled a high, deep drive to left field that was caught by Dayton’s Jon Matthews against the fence to end the game.The save was Chacin’s 16th of the season and his 11th since July 1.  He has allowed just one run over his last 15 relief appearances covering 18.1 innings.Dragons pitchers allowed just two earned runs in the three-game series, including the first game that went 12 innings.  All three games in the series were decided by one run.The Dragons finished with six hits.  Bueno, Blandino, and Ramirez each had two.The Dragons (22-23) travel to Bowling Green, Kentucky to open a four-game series with the Bowling Green Hot Rods (20-25) on Thursday at 8:05 p.m. EDT.  Dan Langfield (3-2, 3.88) will pitch for the Dragons against D.J. Slaton (0-2, 8.76).  All Dragons games can be heard on WONE Radio (980 AM) and via the internet at wone.com and through the Dragons Mobile App.Dragons Edge Loons, 1-0

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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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