Spiers, Tello lead Dragons past Fort Wayne

Dayton first baseman Alex McGarry fields a ground ball during a recent game. Jeff Gilbert/CONTRIBUTED
Dayton first baseman Alex McGarry fields a ground ball during a recent game. Jeff Gilbert/CONTRIBUTED

Dayton starting pitcher Carson Spiers was brilliant over five innings and Jose Tello hit a home run to lead the Dragons to a 4-1 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Tuesday night. The win was the third straight for the Dragons, who are atop the High-A Central League’s East Division standings.

Spiers allowed just two hits, no walks, and no runs while striking out seven. He threw just 67 pitches and retired the last 10 batters he faced to earn the win and improve to 2-1.

The Dragons jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Tello lined a home run to left field, his fourth of the year.

The Dragons added another run in the fifth when Juan Martinez was hit by a pitch to start the inning, went to second on a ground out, and scored on Jacob Hurtubise’s double off the glove of left fielder Tirso Ornelas.

Fort Wayne scored in the seventh on a solo home run by Agustin Ruiz, but the Dragons responded with two runs in the eighth.

Hurtubise was hit by a pitch to ignite the rally and Francisco Urbaez sacrificed him to second. James Free singled to right to move Hurbubise to third, and a wild pitch scored the run to make it 3-1. Alex McGarry singled to center to move Free to third, and Victor Ruiz drove in the run with an infield ground out to give the Dragons a 4-1 lead.

John Ghyzel pitched out of trouble to work a scoreless eighth inning and Ricky Karcher pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

The Dragons finished the night with seven hits. Hurtubise and Free each had two. Urbaez had a hit in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 14 straight games, the most this season by a Dayton batter.

With the win, the Dragons remained in first place, one-half game ahead of Lake County. 

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