Guardians Rally for 3 in 9th, Send A’s to 10th Straight Loss | Sports News
By BRIAN DULIK, Associated Press
CLEVELAND, AP — José Ramírez doubled twice, then homered to start a three-run rally late in the ninth inning as the Cleveland Guardians sent Oakland to its 10th straight loss, beating the Athletics 3-2 Friday night.
The A’s are stuck in their first double-digit skid since 2011 and were outscored 60-20 during the streak. Oakland has the worst record in the American League at 20-40 and hasn’t won since May 29 against Texas.
“Whenever you think you’re going to get a break, they usually don’t go your way,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “It’s never easy to get out of these situations. You have to earn them yourself.
Ramírez, who leads the majors with 56 RBIs, hit his 16th home run to lead the ninth against Dany Jiménez (2-4). Cleveland then loaded the bases with no out, and Owen Miller delivered the sacrificial fly.
Sam Moll relieved and gave up a field single to Steven Kwan who again charged the bases. Luke Maile followed with a sacrificial fly that scored rookie Oscar Gonzalez, sparking a celebration in the rain that came unexpectedly during the inning.
“Jose is the best player in baseball, I’ve said it 50 times,” Guardians designated hitter Josh Naylor said. “He’s incredibly clutch. When he arrives in a tight game, you know something is going to happen. He is incredible.
Ramírez was the only baserunner to move past second to ninth for the young Guardians, who won nine of 11 and moved two games over .500.
Gonzalez went 1 for 4, giving it hits in 13 of his first 14 career games. Roger Maris held Cleveland’s previous franchise mark with 12.
“Sometimes you just get out of their way because you don’t want to make them nervous,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “We’re playing men and we have kids, and they’re doing well.”
Oakland right-hander Paul Blackburn pitched eight shutout innings in the longest outing of his career, allowing four hits and striking out three to lower his road ERA to .93.
Converted outfielder Anthony Gose (2-0) struck out two of three batters he faced in the ninth. Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie worked six innings, allowing solo home runs for Seth Brown and Sean Murphy.
Brown homered in the first and Murphy went wide in the second. The A’s have 37 home runs — the second fewest in baseball — and had just five hits to drop their batting average to .209.
“They’re a good team and they’re hot right now,” Blackburn said. “Times like this are tough for everyone, but you try to come in every day with a clear mind and not watch any footage.”
Athletics RHP Lou Trivino, who made a team-high 22 saves in 2021, is tied for the most losses by an American League reliever with five. The closest fallen has a 9.20 ERA in 21 appearances this season, allowing 15 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings. “Lou is one of the guys in the bullpen that we need to be successful,” Kotsay said. “And he’s had it here before.”
Athletics: 2B Jed Lowrie (wrist, shoulder pain) was out of the lineup after being involved in a base collision Thursday. Kotsay said Lowrie “is pretty sore and has been treated, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be available on the bench.” Lowrie has gone hitless in nine straight appearances in a 5-for-42 drop.
Goalies: RHP Aaron Civale (left gluteal pain), who was injured May 20 against Detroit, will make his second start in rehab for Triple-A Columbus. Civale threw 50 pitches in two innings Thursday, allowing Indianapolis two runs. “Aaron was a little rusty by his account, so he’ll be pitching again in five days,” manager Terry Francona said.
Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (2-6, 3.06 ERA) is looking to end his career losing streak at five. Montas has a 2.87 ERA and holds opponents to a .214 average in his last nine starts but hasn’t picked up a win.
Goaltenders: RHP Zach Plesac (2-4, 4.72 ERA) has a win in his last seven starts, striking out eight in six innings in a 3-2 win at Baltimore on June 5. Plesac is 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA during the period.
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