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Dragons Homer Twice, Win 8-5

Dayton, Ohio—Garrett Boulware hit a three-run home run and Luis Gonzalez added a two-run shot to lead the Dayton Dragons to an 8-5 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps on Friday night.  A crowd of 8,062 attended the game at Fifth Third Field as the Dragons snapped a five-game losing streak.

After struggling to score runs on their road trip that ended Thursday night, the Dragons came out hitting on Friday.  They matched a season high with 12 hits including 10 over the first three innings.  They built an 8-1 lead over the first four innings, increasing their home run total for the year from two to four.

The Dragons took the lead in the first when Brian O’Grady singled, stole second, and scored on Gavin LaValley’s double to the fence in center.  In the second, the Dragons extended their lead to 3-0.  Boulware started the inning with a line drive hit to left, and one batter later, Gonzalez drilled a home run to left to give the Dragons a three-run lead.  It was Gonzalez’s first homer of the year.

After West Michigan scored a single run in the top of the third, the Dragons answered with three in the bottom of the inning.  Ronald Bueno and Jimmy Pickens each singled to start the inning, and Boulware then launched a long home run to left field to make it 6-1.  It was Boulware’s first homer of the year.

The Dragons added two more in the fourth on a two-out, two-run triple by Avain Rachal to make it 8-1.  West Michigan scored one in the fifth, two in the seventh, and one in the ninth to close out the scoring.

Dragons starting pitcher Seth Varner (3-0) worked the first six innings, allowing 12 hits but only two runs with no walks and five strikeouts to earn the win.  Varner has not walked a batter in 17 innings this season while striking out 17.

The Dragons 12-hit attack included a three-hit night for Jimmy Pickens.  Pickens has gone 5 for 7 over the last two nights to raise his batting average from .171 to .250.  Boulware, Gonzalez, and O’Grady each had two hits.  O’Grady stole two bases and is 7 for 7 on the year as a base stealer.

West Michigan collected 17 hits in the game, but Dragons pitchers did not walk a batter, and the Dragons did not commit an error.

Dragons right fielder Aristides Aquino left the game in the third inning, two innings after he was hit by a pitch, apparently in the hand or wrist.  The injury forced the Dragons to place infielder Ronald Bueno in left field, marking his first game in the outfield over his six-year professional career.  

The Dragons (7-9) host the Whitecaps (8-8) in the second game of the series on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  Mark Armstrong (0-1, 3.75) will pitch for the Dragons against West Michigan’s Trent Szkutnik (1-0, 3.75).
Dragons Homer Twice, Win 8-5

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REDS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eugenio Suarez hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat Washington 3-2 Monday night to end the Nationals' nine-game home winning streak.

Suarez went 3 for 4 with two RBIs to help the Reds snap a three-game skid and improve to 4-0 against Washington this year, clinching the season series.

With the score knotted at 2, Suarez drove an 0-2 pitch from Casey Janssen (0-2) just inside the left-field foul pole. Recalled from the minors on June 11 after an injury sidelined starting shortstop Zack Cozart, Suarez is batting .329 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 21 games.

Manny Parra (1-1) worked the seventh and Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his 17th save. One of Chapman's fastballs was clocked at 103 mph.

Danny Espinosa homered for the Nationals, who had won 12 of 15 overall and were unbeaten at home since June 18.

ASTROS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Dallas Keuchel, chosen for the American League All-Star team earlier Monday, allowed three runs in six innings in helping the Houston Astros defeat the Cleveland Indians 9-4.

Keuchel (11-3), who leads the league in wins and is second with a 2.14 ERA, is a strong candidate to start next Tuesday's game in Cincinnati. The left-hander scattered nine hits and struck out eight.

An anticipated pitching duel between Keuchel and Carlos Carrasco never materialized. Carrasco, who came within one out of a no-hitter against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, allowed five runs in four innings. The right-hander (10-7) gave up four runs in the first and Preston Tucker's solo homer in the fourth.

Tucker had a career-high four hits and added an RBI single. Jose Altuve, Houston's All-Star second baseman, matched his career-high 14-game hitting streak with two hits, including an RBI double.

CAVALIERS-MO WILLIAMS

UNDATED (AP) -- Mo Williams is heading back to Cleveland to team up with LeBron James again.

Williams tweeted on Monday night that he is going back to the Cavaliers, where he was an All-Star playing alongside James in 2009. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press it's for two years and $4.3 million. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

Williams started last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and was traded to the Charlotte Hornets, where he averaged 17.2 points in 27 games.

The Cavaliers were in need of a quality backup point guard with the ability to score behind starter Kyrie Irving.

Williams spent two and a half seasons with the Cavaliers before being traded to the Clippers in 2011.

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