Big second lifts Dayton past Lugnuts
LANSING - The Dayton Dragons rode the momentum of a four-run second inning to a 6-3 win over the Lansing Lugnuts in front of 5,227 fans at Oldsmobile Park Tuesday night.
Dayton's big inning began when Lansing starter Chi-Hung Cheng allowed consecutive one-out walks, bringing up Kevyn Feiner. Feiner then slapped a single into right field that scored Devin Mesoraco, making it a 1-0 game. Brandon Menchaca's double down the left field line brought Michael McKennon and Mesoraco home, extending the lead to 3-0. After the next two batters reached to load the bases, Neftali Soto capped the inning with an RBI single into left that plated Menchaca.
The Dragons had a 5-0 lead before Lansing finally answered with a two-run home run to right field in the fourth, cutting the lead to 5-2. It was Lansing's first dinger since August 16th, breaking a power drought of 83 innings.
They would be the only runs that Dayton's Luis Montano (12-8) would surrender in his start. He lasted six innings and picked up the win while scattering four hits.
Mace Thurman got his first save for the Dragons by hurling the final three innings of the night. He gave up one run in the eighth on a Jonathan Baksh RBI triple that cut the lead to 5-3, but the Lugnuts would not get closer in the contest.
The game marks the 13th time in the last 14 contests that Lansing's offense has scored three runs or less. Lansing is 5-9 during that stretch.
Cheng (5-9) took the loss as he went just two innings. All four runs that he gave up were earned, as he lost for the third straight start.
Lansing (73-61, 34-30) and Dayton (63-69, 35-29) will continue the series Wednesday night. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.
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