BURLINGTON, Iowa – Montrell Marshall hit a home run and drove in three runs to lead the Dayton Dragons to a 7-6 victory over the Burlington Bees. The win was the Dragons second straight in the series and third straight overall. They will try for a road series sweep on Thursday afternoon.
The Dragons trailed 3-0 after one inning of play but battled back to tie the game, scoring one run in the second and one in the third before Marshall tied the game in the fourth with a solo home run, his second homer of the year.
Burlington jumped back in front with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but the Dragons responded with four runs in the top of the fifth, all after two men were out. Jeter Downs singled to start the rally, and Michael Beltre followed with a double to bring in Downs and make it 5-4. Stuart Fairchild walked, and Marshall drilled a double to right-center field, scoring both Beltre and Fairchild to give the Dragons a 6-5 lead. John Sansone then lined a shot off the glove of the left fielder, scored an error, that brought in Marshall to make it 7-5.
Burlington scored one run in the sixth and had the tying run at third before Dragons reliever Daury Moreta worked out of trouble to hold the lead. Moreta pitched a scoreless seventh inning and then gave way to Ryan Nutof to close out the game.
Nutof, who had walked only one batter all season in 13.2 innings, walked the lead-off hitter in both the eighth and ninth innings, but he was able to work out of trouble in both frames without allowing a ball to leave the infield. Third baseman John Sansone made an excellent defensive play with a runner at third to end the eighth inning, and Nutof struck out back-to-back hitters in the ninth to end the game and earn his first save.
Dragons starting pitcher Wendolyn Bautista worked five and one-third innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on 12 hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He was credited with the win.
The Dragons collected 10 hits. Marshall was 2 for 4 with a home run, double, walk, and three runs batted in. Downs was 3 for 5 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Beltre had two hits and a walk as he extended his hitting streak to seven straight games.
The start of the game on Wednesday was delayed by rain for 31 minutes.
In the Standings: The Dragons record climbed back above the .500 mark at 12-11 on the season. They are in fourth place in the Midwest League East Division, three and one-half games out of first.
Up Next: The Dragons conclude their three-game series at Burlington on Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. Hunter Greene (0-2, 14.63) will start for Dayton against Burlington’s Luis Madero (0-2, 4.09).