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The Dayton Dragons played another extra-inning game Sunday night and suffered a similar result in a key Midwest League game against West Michigan.

The Whitecaps scored in the top of 10th to prevail 2-1 and remain atop the Eastern Division standings. It’s the fifth extra-inning game in the last seven for Dayton and its fourth consecutive extra-inning loss. The Dragons (32-17) fall two games behind the Whitecaps (34-15).

The game was marred by a brawl in the sixth inning that resulted in the ejection of Jose Siri and Whitecaps shortstop Danny Pinero. Siri singled to center and then stole second while Taylor Trammell was at the plate. Siri slid into second on the steal just ahead of the throw and stayed on the ground while umpire James Folske made the call.

Pinero appeared to step on Siri’s left ankle after the call, and Siri jumped up and complained to Folske. Siri then charged Pinero a few seconds later and swung at him. Both dugouts and bullpens quickly emptied, and the two teams largely engaged in a pushing and yelling match — except for one incident.

During the brawl, West Michigan relief pitcher Eduardo Jimenez threw a ball at Dayton reliever Jesse Stallings. Jimenez ran out from the visiting dugout in right field, and after reaching the brawl near second base, he fired a ball at Stallings’ leg. The incident appeared to happen out of the view of either Folske or home plate umpire Jason Johnson. Jimenez was not ejected.

After play resumed, Trammell and Tyler Stephenson hit into routine outs to end the inning. The game was delayed for an hour in the seventh due to rain, which appeared to cool any leftover emotions by the players.

Sellout streak continues: The Dragons’ sellout streak continues. Saturday’s game was the 1,200th consecutive sellout at Fifth Third Field, which is the all-time sellout record for any professional or amateur sports organization. The Dragons have owned the record since surpassing the Portland Trail Blazers in 2011.

Dragons tales: Siri kept his hot hitting streak going before his ejection. Aside from his sixth-inning single, he also hit a home run to center field in the third inning that tied the game 1-1.

Siri is 12 for 26 (.461) over his last seven games.

• Starting pitcher Andrew Jordan had his best outing of the month. He allowed four hits and one earned run with three strikeouts in six innings. 

On deck: Dayton and West Michigan will wrap up a four-game series on Monday afternoon. Reds reliever Tony Cingrani will start for the Dragons in a rehab assignment. Eudis Idrogo (2-1, 2.36) is scheduled to start for the Whitecaps.

Dayton hosts South Bend (31-18) for a three-game series beginning Tuesday.



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