»» RELATED: Hot Rods finish off Dragons
In the bottom of the ninth, Xavier Edwards reached on a one-out throwing error by Dayton shortstop Miguel Hernandez, and Edwards advanced to second on a ground out. Williams-Sutton followed with a long, high drive to right-center field that fell near the warning track to bring in Edwards and end the game.
The Dragons broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Mariel Baustista was hit by a pitch with one out, stole second, and scored on Bren Spillane’s two-out single to center field. In the fifth, the Dragons scored again when Jay Schuyler lined a single to left to start the inning, advanced around to third on a pair of infield ground outs, and scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
»» RELATED: Dragons pitchers combined for shutout
Dragons starting pitcher Jared Solomon and the first man out of the bullpen, Alexis Diaz were exceptional. Solomon struck out seven over four scoreless innings, allowing four hits. Diaz retired all six batters he faced, getting four strikeouts. Reliever Julio Pinto allowed four runs in two innings of work, and Connor Bennett (0-1) was charged with the loss after giving up the unearned run in the ninth.
The Dragons finished the night with seven hits. Spillane and Manzanero each had two.
»» PHOTOS: Dragons vs. Hot Rods
Dragons' tales: Dayton (2-4) battles Fort Wayne (4-2) in the third game of the series on Wednesday at 11:05 a.m. Jacob Heatherly (0-0, 6.75) will start for Dayton against Fort Wayne's Ryan Weathers (0-0, 0.00). The next home game is Friday against the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians affiliate) at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.