McLain leads Dragons past Lugnuts

Reds first-round draft pick Matt McLain joined the Dragons on August 11 and is playing shortstop every other day. He's batting .313 through his first five games. Jeff Gilbert/CONTRIBUTED
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Reds first-round draft pick Matt McLain joined the Dragons on August 11 and is playing shortstop every other day. He's batting .313 through his first five games. Jeff Gilbert/CONTRIBUTED

Matt McLain collected three hits and drove in three runs to lead the Dayton Dragons to a 3-2 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts on Thursday night. 

The Dragons led the game from the first inning and extended their lead to 3-0 in the fifth. Dragons pitchers took a shutout to the ninth inning before Lansing scored twice and had the tying run at second with one out .

The Dragons took the lead in the first when Michael Siani singled to left field, stole second, and scored on McLain’s double to left to make it 1-0.

In the fifth, Jacob Hurtubise got the rally started with a single to right and went to second on a wild pitch. Siani walked and Quin Cotton singled to left to load the bases. McLain followed with a single to right to drive in both Hurtubise and Siani to make it 3-0.

Sam Hellinger (3-2) picked up the win after pitching two scoreless innings in relief.