Dragons third baseman Juan Martinez snares a popup in front of shortstop Miguel Hernandez. Dayton defeated visiting Bowling Green 7-5 at Fifth Third Field on Friday, April 5, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Dragons fail to hold lead, fall to TinCaps in series opener

The Fort Wayne TinCaps overcame a 3-1 deficit with eight runs over their last three innings and defeated the Dayton Dragons 9-5 on Monday night in the first game of a three-game series.

The Dragons (2-3) scored two runs in the third inning and one more in the top of the sixth to take a 3-1. Fort Wayne scored three in the sixth, two in the seventh and three in the eighth to take a 9-3 lead. The Dragons scored two in the ninth to close out the scoring.

Dragons starting pitcher Lyon Richardson, the Cincinnati Reds’ second-round draft pick in 2018 out of Jensen Beach High School in Florida, pitched well in his Midwest League debut. He allowed a bases-loaded walk in the first inning, then retired the next 10 Fort Wayne batters. He left after four innings and 73 pitches, allowing one run on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Richardson was not involved in the decision.

The Dragons trailed 1-0 before taking the lead with two runs in the third. Reniel Ozuna doubled to start the inning, went to third on Michael Siani’s sacrifice, and scored on an error. Mariel Baustista’s sacrifice fly brought in Jonathan Willems later in the inning to make it 2-1. The Dragons scored again in the top of the sixth when Bren Spillane doubled to right and scored on a single by Miguel Hernandez to make it 3-1.

A double by Juan Martinez keyed a two-run ninth for the Dragons.

Dayton finished with eight hits by eight different players. Martinez, Spillane, and Ozuna each had a double.

The loss was charged to Dragons reliever Adrian Rodriguez (0-1), who worked 1.2 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

Dragons’ tales: Dayton (2-3) plays Fort Wayne (3-2) again at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday in the second game of the four-game series. Jared Solomon (0-1, 6.75) will start for Dayton as the Dragons begin their second turn through their pitching rotation.

Fort Wayne will counter with Angel Acevedo (0-0, 0.00). The Dragons’ next home game is Friday against the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians affiliate) at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.

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