Dayton, OHIO - The Dayton Dragons scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to overcome a 3-2 deficit and defeat the Bowling Green Hot Rods 6-3 on Saturday night. The two teams have split the first two games of the series that concludes on Sunday afternoon.
The Dragons have won two of their last three games and improved their record to 5-10 with the victory. Bowling Green fell to 11-4 with the loss. The Hot Rods fell for just the second time in the last 12 games.
Bowling Green's Andrew Toles belted a tie-breaking solo home run with two outs in the top of the eighth inning to give the Hot Rods a 3-2 lead before the Dragons responded with a big bottom half of the inning. The Dragons eighth started when Jeff Gelalich singled to left and scored on Seth Mejias-Brean's double to the left field fence to tie the game. Jesse Winker followed with a single to left to drive in Mejias-Brean and give Dayton a 4-3 lead. Junior Arias delivered with a single to left, and Joe Hudson lined a base hit to left to bring in Winker and make it 5-3. Hudson's hit was the fifth of the inning for the Dragons before a batter was retired. Arias eventually scored on Robert Ramirez's fielder's choice ground out to make it 6-3 and close out the scoring.
Bowling Green led 2-0 and held the Dragons without a hit over the first four innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Arias belted a lead-off home run to left to make it 2-1, and the Dragons took advantage of two errors later in the inning to produce an unearned run and tie the game at 2-2.
The Dragons finished with seven hits. Winker and Arias each had two. Gelalich extended his hitting streak to eight straight games. The Dragons stole three bases as a team to take over the league lead in that category.
Dragons reliever Ben Klimesh (1-0) earned the win in his Midwest League debut. He worked one inning and allowed one hit and one run with two strikeouts. Dragons starting pitcher Robert Stephenson allowed two runs on four hits over four and two-thirds innings. He walked three and struck out seven. Tony Amezcua replaced Stephenson and worked two and one-third innings, allowing no hits and no runs with one walk and five strikeouts. After Klimesh pitched the eighth, Sean Lucas worked a perfect ninth inning for his first save. Dragons pitchers held Bowling Green, the Midwest League leader in team batting, to five hits. Dragons pitchers walked four and struck out 14. Dragons pitchers lead the league in strikeouts.
The Dragons host Bowling Green at Fifth Third Field on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Wandy Peralta (0-2, 8.10) will start for Dayton against Bowling Green's Eduar Quinonez (1-1, 12.27). The Dragons begin a three-game series at Lansing on Monday.
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