DAYTON, Ohio - The Lansing Lugnuts scored eight runs in the seventh inning on the way to a 14-8 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Sunday evening before a crowd of 8,705 at Fifth Third Field. The Dragons loss dropped their second half record to 1-3 while Lansing improved to 1-3.
Lansing's 15-hit attack included home runs from Jorge Flores and Chris Hawkins, while Christian Lopes had three hits.
Lansing scored four runs in the top of the first inning before the Dragons battled back to take the lead in the third. Dayton scored three runs in the second, keyed by a two-out, two-run single by Daniel Pigott. The Dragons added two more in the third on a two-run double by Zach Vincej to make it 5-4.
But Lansing regained the lead for good in the fifth on Hawkins' two-run home run, his second of the season, to make it 6-5. In the seventh, the first 11 Lansing batters in the inning reached safely on seven hits, three walks, and a hit batsman. The eight runs in the inning was a season high for a Dragons opponent.
Dragons starting pitcher Ismael Guillon did not get through the first inning. He allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning and issued two bases-loaded walks. Reliever Wandy Peralta (1-6) was charged with the loss. He worked four and one-third innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout. Jesus Adames pitched one inning, allowing six runs. Alejandro Chacin also tossed one inning, allowing two runs. Ben Klimesh was the most effective Dragons reliever, tossing two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.
The Dragons collected 10 hits. Pigott, Vincej, Seth Mejias-Brean, and Jeff Gelalich all had two. Junior Arias went 1 for 3 to extend his hitting streak to nine straight games. Pigott's hitting streak advanced to eight straight games.
The Dragons will host the Lugnuts at Fifth Third Field on Monday at 7:00 p.m. Drew Cisco (2-4, 4.28) will start for the Dragons against Lansing's Alonzo Gonzalez (2-6, 5.40).
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