The Guardians secure a victory over the Orioles, who are headed to the playoffs, by scoring three runs in the eighth inning. The final score is 5-2.
CLEVELAND — Ramón Laureano drew a bases-loaded walk off Jacob Webb for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, sending the Cleveland Guardians to a 5-2 victory over the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.
The Guardians scored three times in the bottom of the eighth – all charged to Cionel Pérez (4-2) – immediately after the Orioles tied the game with two in the top half. Bo Naylor’s run-scoring single and Gabriel Arias’ RBI grounder followed Laureano’s walk that plated Josh Naylor.
Baltimore, which is headed to the postseason for the first time since 2016, holds a 1 1/2-game lead over Tampa Bay in the division and for the best record in the AL. The Rays beat the Angels 5-4 earlier in the day.
Trevor Stephan, with a record of 7 wins and 7 losses, allowed two runs in a single inning. Emmanuel Clase achieved his 42nd save out of 53 opportunities, making him the leader in saves in the major leagues. Cleveland, currently behind first-place Minnesota by 8 1/2 games in the AL Central, has eight games left in the season.
The Orioles were losing 2-0 until the eighth inning, but then they managed to score two runs against Stephan. Adley Rutschman was brought in by Ryan O’Hearn’s double, which tied the game. This happened right after Ramón Urías was brought home by Anthony Santander.
In the fifth inning, Cleveland took the lead by scoring two runs against rookie Grayson Rodriguez. Bo Naylor was brought home by José Ramírez’s single, and Steven Kwan was scored by a sacrifice fly from Josh Naylor.
Rodriguez worked five innings, giving up two runs while striking out seven. It was his 22nd start since making his major league debut on April 5.
Hunter Gaddis took the mound for Cleveland and gave up only one hit in a span of three innings. During the game, he was hit by Rutschman’s line drive on his upper right calf, but he managed to stay in the game.
Brandon Hyde of Baltimore reached a milestone in his career by managing his 700th game, with 699 of those games being with the Orioles.
IN THE MIX
Hyde is keeping a close eye on RHP Tyler Wells, who was optioned to the minors on July 30. The 6-foot-8 starter has pitched in 10 total games for Triple-A Norfolk and Double-A Bowie, posting a 5.52 ERA without a decision.
Hyde stated that he is certainly a possibility for us in the final stages.
Wells had a record of 7 wins and 6 losses with an earned run average (ERA) of 3.80 in 21 games before being demoted. He only managed to win one game in his last seven starts for Baltimore.
Orioles: 1B Ryan Mountcastle (left shoulder inflammation) could return from the 10-day injured list when first eligible to be activated on Sept. 27. Mountcastle sat out six straight games with the ailment before being placed on the IL on Wednesday.
Guardians: RHP Triston McKenzie (right elbow sprain), who has been on the IL since June 14, is slated to start Sunday against Baltimore. Manager Terry Francona said McKenzie will be limited to 70 pitches in his first MLB game since June 10.
Guardians RHP Shane Bieber (5-6, 3.77 ERA) will be activated from the 60-day IL to take on Orioles RHP Dean Kremer (12-5, 4.17 ERA). The 2020 AL Cy Young winner last pitched for Cleveland on July 9, which was its final game before the All-Star break.
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