Ramírez strike, Kwan hold help Guardians dominate Rockies

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DENVER (AP) — José Ramírez had four more hits, Steven Kwan had a remarkable seventh-inning dive to retain the lead, and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Colorado Rockies 7-5 Wednesday night for their 12th win in 15 matches.

Josh Naylor gave the go-ahead in fifth and Amed Rosario added four hits, including his first homer, as Cleveland (31-27) went four games above .500 for the first time this season.

Kwan pinch hit for Oscar Mercado in the fifth inning after Mercado dropped a fly ball, allowing a run to score. As the Guardians clung to a 6-5 lead with runners on the corners and two outs, Kwan rushed to his right on Jose Iglesias’ understudy and made a fully extended diving catch on the track of warning.

“I thought he had no chance of catching that,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. It was a nice room. »


Kwan added, “I needed every inch of me and the glove on it.”

Bryan Shaw (3-0) threw a scoreless eighth and Emmanuel Clase worked the ninth for his 13th save.

Charlie Blackmon had two hits the night he reached 10 years of major league service and Yonathan Daza doubled, singled and drove in a run for the Rockies.

“We just couldn’t generate the big hit when we needed it,” manager Bud Black said.

Ramírez entered the night with a major league-best 62 RBI. Although he didn’t add to that total, his third-inning double hit gave him 39 extra hits, the most in franchise history over the first 58 games of a season. Ramírez is 14-for-29 over the past seven games, pushing his batting average to .307.

Konnor Pilkington lasted just 4 1/3 innings for the Guardians, allowing four runs – two earned – and six hits. He was injured by poor defense, including his own.

Pilkington threw wildly at first in the second, allowing a run to score. Mercado dropped a routine volley that would have been the last outing of the third, putting Colorado up 4-2.

“We have to play clean baseball to win, so we were pretty lucky,” Francona said.

That’s because the Rockies were no better on the field. On a double steal in the fifth, receiver Elias Diaz kicked the ball into left field to score a run as Cleveland rallied to take a 5-4 lead. That gave the Rockies an MLB record 52 errors and they committed at least one in a franchise-record 12 straight home games.

Ramírez singled in the sixth against Chad Smith for his fourth hit. Luke Maile, who had walked, moved up to third and then scored on Smith’s wild field to make it 6-4.

Rosario extended his hitting streak to nine games in the third when he fired Austin Gomber’s substitution to the left for his first homer since September to make it 2-all.

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

“There are close losses that hurt more than others,” Gomber said, “like today when I gave the lead.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Keepers: Asked about Naylor’s clumsy slip in the second Tuesday, Francona said he was still cautious at times after Naylor’s horrific ankle injury a year ago. “I tried to remind him what he’s been through, where he is, he must be happy,” Francona said. … Franmil Reyes (hamstring), who was scheduled to be the DH on Thursday for Triple-A Columbus, could play the outfield instead. “We don’t want to hold him back,” Francona said. … RHP Aaron Civale (glute) allowed an unearned run and two hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings for Columbus.

Rockies: Black is looking for a new coach after announcing that RHP Tyler Kinley will likely miss the rest of the season with a torn elbow flexor. “I think he was potentially on that trail (to make the All-Star Game),” Black said.

SUPER AVALANCHE FAN

The loudest cheers came on a seventh-inning pitching change when the Rockies showed the Colorado Avalanche’s overtime goal on the video board that gave them a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay in the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals. The game was being played about a mile away at Ball Arena.

Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland, a Denver native, is the team’s biggest Avs fan. His locker was decorated with a Cale Makar sweater and an “All Hail Cale” t-shirt.

“I’ll come (to the clubhouse) to check on how they’re doing,” Freeland said before the game.

NEXT

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

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