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Dragons Rally to Win, 8-7

June 13, 2012 - Midwest League (MWL) - Dayton Dragons News Release

Midland, Mich.-Joe Terry drove in the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning and Jefry Sierra collected a team season-high four hits to lead the Dayton Dragons to a come-from-behind 8-7 victory over the Great Lakes Loons on Wednesday night. The teams will meet in the rubber match of the three-game series on Thursday night as the Dragons try for their fifth straight series victory.

Dayton trailed 7-3 after four innings but the Dragons bullpen combined for five shutout innings as the offense rallied for the win.

With the score tied 7-7 and two outs and the bases empty in the top of the eighth, Juan Perez lined a single to center field and went to second on Sierra's single. Terry followed with a ground ball through the middle that eluded shortstop Pedro Guerrero's reach and carried into center field. Perez beat the throw home to give the Dragons an 8-7 lead and close out the scoring.

The Dragons battled back to tie the game with two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth. In the fifth inning, Sierra singled, stole second, and scored on Terry's double to left. Terry eventually scored on Ryan Wright's double to right to make it 7-5. In the sixth, Sierra's infield single brought in Yovan Gonzalez from third base to make it 7-6, and Terry's sacrifice fly scored Junior Arias to tie the game.

The Dragons held a brief lead after scoring three runs in the top of the second inning at 3-2. Sean Buckley belted a two-run homer to right field in the inning, his team-leading fifth homer of the year and second in the last two nights.

Dragons starting pitcher Jacob Johnson worked the first four innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs (three earned) with three walks and one strikeout. The club committed three errors behind him contributing to four unearned runs. Lucas O'Rear followed Johnson and fired two scoreless innings, allowing two hits, no walks, with two strikeouts.

James Allen (3-2) worked two scoreless innings following O'Rear and allowed no hits. He walked three and struck out three and was credited with the win. Carlos Contreras pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save.

The Dragons collected 13 hits. Sierra was 4 for 5 with two runs batted in. Terry had two hits and three RBI. Perez and Wright also had two hits.

The Dragons (28-38) close out the series against the Loons on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. (WONE 980 AM). Daniel Tuttle (1-3, 5.28) will start for Dayton against Great Lakes' Ryan O'Sullivan (5-4, 2.77). The six-game road trip for the Dragons continues with games at Lake County through Sunday and will conclude the first half of the Midwest League's split-season format.


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