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Friday, March 31, 2023

Ramirez’s Hitting, Quan’s Catch Helps Guardians Rockies

DENVER ( Associated Press) — Jose Ramirez got four more hits, Steven Cowan made a remarkable diving catch to keep the lead in the seventh inning, and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Colorado Rockies to their 12th win in 15 games on Wednesday night 7 defeated by -5.

Josh Naylor delivered a go-forward double in fifth and Amade Rosario added four hits, including his first home run, as Cleveland (31–27) went four games above .500 for the first time this season.

In the fifth inning, Cowan pinched for Oscar Mercado when Mercado dropped a fly ball, leading to a run. With the Guardians’ corners and two outside runners leading 6-5, Quan bolted on Jose Iglesias’ liner to his right and made a fully extended, diving grab on the warning track.,

Brian Shaw (3-0) scored eighth and Emmanuel Close worked his 13th save for ninth.

Charlie Blackmon had two hits that night, when he reached 10 years of major league service time and Jonathan Daza doubled, singled and drove in one run for the Rockies.

Ramirez entered the night with a major league-best 62 RBI. Although he added nothing to that total, his third-innings double gave him 39 extra-base hits, the most in franchise history through the first 58 games of a season. Ramirez has scored 14 for 29 in the last seven matches, bringing his batting average to .307.

Conor Pilkington conceded four runs – two earned – and six hits in just 4 1/3 innings for the Guardians. He was hurt by poor defense, including his own.

Pilkington threw wildly into first in second, making a run. Mercado dropped a regular fly that would have been the last of the third, putting Colorado up 4-2.

The Rockies weren’t much better off the field. At the double stall in the fifth, catcher Elias Diaz threw the ball into left field and brought in a run as Cleveland rallied to take a 5-4 lead. This gave the Rockies an MLB-high 52 errors and they have made at least one in a franchise-record 12 straight home games.

Ramirez singles out the sixth for his fourth hit off Chad Smith. Luke Mel, who was gone, moved to third and then scored 6–4 on Smith’s wild pitch.

Rosario extends his hitting streak to nine games In the third when he dropped Austin Gomber’s change to make a 2-all for his first homer since September.

Gomber (3-7) conceded five runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

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The Guardian: Asked about Naylor’s strange slide on the second Tuesday, manager Terry Francona said he remains cautious at times, even after Naylor suffered a severe ankle injury a year ago. “I tried to remind him that what he’s doing, where he is, he should be happy,” said Francona. … Franille Reyes (hamstring), who was scheduled to become DH on Thursday for Triple-A Columbus, could play outfield instead. “We don’t want to hold him back,” said Francona. … RHP Aaron Sivale (glut) allowed an unearned run in 4 2/3 innings for Columbus and two hits with a walk and seven strikes.

Rockies: Manager Bud Black looking for a new setup man after RHP announces Tyler Kinley will likely miss rest of season with elbow flexor tear, “I think he was potentially on that track (to make the All-Star Game),” Black said.


The Guardians finished their first series since 2017 at Coors Field on Thursday, when RHP Tristan McKenzie (3-5, 3.09 ERA) faced Rockies RHP Chad Kuhl (4-3, 3.70).


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