Dragons fall to Fort Wayne in first-half finale

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Dragons fall to Fort Wayne in first-half finale

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Dragons catcher Tyler Stephenson slides home to score in the fifth inning. The Dragons hosted the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) in a Midwest League Class A minor-league baseball game at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Fort Wayne hit four home runs Sunday to hand the Dayton Dragons a 9-3 loss in the final game of the first half of the Midwest League split-season format.

The Dragons finished 41-29, earning the wildcard berth in the Eastern Division playoff race with a runner-up finish. West Michigan won the division. The 41 wins were the second-highest first-half total in franchise history.

Tyler Stephenson had a pair of hits and drove in all three Dayton runs. Michael Beltre added two hits.

Ty Boyles (2-2) allowed two hits and five runs in two innings. Boyles gave up two homers in the first and another in the second.

The Midwest League All-Star Game in Tuesday night in Midland, Mich. Six Dragons players — Stephenson, Beltre, Scott Moss, Tony Santillan, Wennington Romero and Aaron Fossas — will play in the game.

After the three-day all-star break, the Dragons will open the second half on Thursday at home against Lake County.

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