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Dragons stay hot, edge Cedar Rapids

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Dayton, Ohio—Four Dayton pitchers combined to scatter 10 hits and Jose Garcia collected two hits and drove in two runs as the Dragons defeated the Cedar Rapids Kernels 3-2 on Monday night. The win was the seventh in the last eight games for the Dragons as they won the first game of a six-game home stand before a crowd of 7,741 at Fifth Third Field.

The Dragons held a 3-2 lead when they turned the game over to their bullpen with two outs in the sixth inning. Ryan Nutof, Dauri Moreta, and John Ghyzel combined for the final 10 outs without allowing a run to preserve the win.

The Dragons got the scoring started in the bottom of the fourth inning. Mark Kolozsvary walked and scored on Garcia’s double off the fence in center field as Garcia advanced to third on the throw home. Leandro Santana followed with a sacrifice fly to bring in Garcia and make it 2-0.

Cedar Rapids scored one run in the top of the fifth before the Dragons answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. After Montrell Marshall walked with one out, Kolozsvary doubled to move Marshall to third, and Garcia’s run-scoring single brought Marshall in to make it 3-1. Cedar Rapids picked up a run in the sixth to again make it a one-run game at 3-2 before the Dragons bullpen closed out the game.

Dragons starting pitcher Wendolyn Bautista had his best start of the season. He worked five and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on nine hits with one walk and seven strikeouts to earn the win and improve to 2-1. Ghyzel pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his sixth save. He allowed a one-out single, followed by a walk, but retired the next two hitters on fly balls to end the game.

The Dragons finished with six hits. Garcia, Kolozsvary, and Morgan Lofstrom each had two.

Notes: The Dragons improved their home record to 10-3…The Dragons are 6-1 against West Division opponents…The two runs scored by Cedar Rapids marked the fewest the Dragons have allowed in a game since April 17…Dragons pitchers walked only two batters in the game while Cedar Rapids issued nine walks.

In the Standings: The Dragons improved to 16-12 overall. They trail first place Bowling Green by two games in the Midwest League East Division. The Hot Rods have won nine in a row.

Up Next: The Dragons continue their three-game series with Cedar Rapids on Tuesday night at 7:00 EDT. Austin Orewiler (3-1, 1.85) will start for the Dragons against Cedar Rapids’ Tyler Watson (2-1, 2.08). Hunter Greene, who had been scheduled to start for the Dragons on Tuesday, will make his next start Saturday night against Peoria.

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