CLEVELAND ( Associated Press) — Jose Ramirez had three RBIs, including a two-run double, in the first innings to continue his fast production as the Cleveland Guardians beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 on Sunday.
Ramirez, who led the majors with 59 RBI, doubled the left-field line, putting Cleveland ahead after Oakland scored at the top of the innings. The three-time All-Star added an RBI groundout in the seventh and scored 25 runs in the last 21 matches.
Cal Quantril (4–3) allowed one run in six innings, the first being a home run by Ramon Loreno. Loreno inspired his teammates with a fiery dugout rant, which led to Oakland’s seventh inning of five on Saturday, when the A broke a 10-game losing streak with a 10-5 win.
Emmanuel Claes finished ninth for his 11th defense and Cleveland took three of the four wickets in the series.
Josh Naylor added an RBI single in the sixth for the Guardians. The Cleveland first baseman, who suffered multiple fractures and ligament damage to his right leg in an outfield collision last season, gave fans a major scare at the top of the inning.
Naylor fell to the ground after hitting Quantrill while catching a foul popup that was hit by Shaun Murphy. Naylor made a grab but ran into Quantrill and was briefly knocked down. Catcher Austin Hedges and a team trainer helped him get back on his feet and applauded as he walked back into the dugout.
Naylor, who had surgery in July, went through a lengthy rehab in the off-season and has been instrumental in the first 57 games. His RBI single came after Oakland’s deliberate run to Owen Miller.
Christian Bethancourt and Seth Brown have their back-to-back homers in eighth place for Oakland, who haven’t won consecutive games against Seattle from May 24-25. Cole Irwin (3-2) allowed five runs – four earned – in 5 2/3 innings.
Loreno’s homer gave Oakland a brief lead, but Cleveland responded with three runs. Shortstop Elvis Andrus hit a ground ball by leadoff hitter Miles Straw and the error cost A. Amade Rosario doubled and Ramirez doubled under the left-field line, giving Cleveland a 2-1 lead.
Ramirez finished third on the ground and scored a drawn-in Andrus goal in Miller’s single past.
Athletics: 2B Jade Lowry (wrist, shoulder pain) hit the batting cage on Saturday but was dismissed for the third straight game.
Athletics: LHP Jared Koenig (0–1, 9.00 ERA) scored four earned runs in four innings against Atlanta in his major league debut on June 8. The rookie is scheduled to start against Boston on Tuesday night.
The Guardian: RHP Shane Bieber (3-3, 2.91 ERA) is set to open the three-match series in Colorado on Tuesday night. Bieber was within two outs of a win against Texas on his last start, when rain in the fifth inning delayed the game by two hours.
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