CLEVELAND (AFP) – Christian Arroyo crashed into a two-round seventh inning and had three RBIs on his return from the COVID-19 hit list, leading to a 6-3 Boston Red Sox victory over the Cleveland Guardians Friday night. .
Homer Arroyo gave the green light to left-centre Brian Shaw’s (3-1) Red Sox lead 4-2, paving the way for their fifth win in a row and taking them to lead the season by nine games over 0.500. Boston is 17-4 in June and 30-12 since May 10.
“We will find a way to win because we are a good football club,” said Arroyo, who has missed eight games. “With the strong squad we have, it’s all about taking your place and keeping the streak going. That’s what I did.”
Nick Pevita (8-5) allowed two runs in seven innings, nine strokes scattered, on his first career run against Cleveland. The right hand hit four no walks and is 8-1 with 1.85 ERAs over the last 10 starts.
Boston had a 6-2 advantage in ninth, but Tanner Hook gave up RBI Novice Stephen Kwan’s song before Amed Rosario and José Ramírez retired back-to-back with bases loading.
“With Cleveland, every game is like that,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. “We were lucky that Ramirez swung on a floor that might have been a ball and landed.”
Andres Jimenez hit Homer solo and scored two rounds for the Guardians, who won 17 of 23 and stayed on top of AL Central. Rosario and Frankel Reyes both had hits, and Miles Straw added the RBI single.
Ramirez, who leads the AL with 62 RBI, extended his hitting streak to 13 games while playing through a right thumb sore. The three-time All-Star initially threw a thumbs-up in early June.
“I’ll take my chance with Josie there many times over,” Cleveland coach Terry Francona said. “We couldn’t get a big hit when we needed to.”
Arroyo went 3 for 4 and led in the first round when hit by a Cal Quantrill ball with bases loaded in the second. The short player later made a violent play, grabbing Rosario from the bag in a second and tagging him when they inadvertently collided.
“It was like self-defense, so he didn’t do my truck,” Arroyo said with a laugh. “I didn’t see where his foot was, but I saw him make a little leap and that’s when I marked him.”
Raphael Davers took third with Homer, his 17th of the season, and Rob Rifsnyder doubled his run with Boston. Alex Verdugo added a pair of doubles and an RBI.
Quantrill pitched five innings, gave up two, and went out after rising right-winger Oscar Gonzalez threw JD Martinez to the board to complete a double play.
Quantrill (Port Hope, Ontario) and Pivetta (Victoria, BC) have formed the third match of Canadian-born beginners since 2014.
Red Sox Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who ranks second in baseball with an average of 0.335, had a day off.
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Cora took notice when Ramirez signed a team-mate’s seven-year $141 million contract in April. “You have to respect that,” Cora said. “He wanted to stay in Cleveland – and he did.” Ramirez is on his way to becoming the first player to score 100 extra hits a season since 2001. “I enjoy watching him play and love the way he behaves,” Corra said.
Red Sox: RHP Garrett Whitlock (Right Hip Inflammation) will not be deactivated from the injured roster when he qualifies on Saturday and will not start at the upcoming Boston Series in Toronto. “Witt isn’t feeling well,” Cora said, so it didn’t make sense to push him in there.
Guardians: RHP James Karinchak (Right Back Fatigue) made his first consecutive days of rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus. The former Cleveland failed to retire any of the three hitters he faced on his second consecutive appearance.
Red Sox: RHP Josh Winckowski (2-1, 3.68 ERA) made his road debut in the Grand Slam after three rounds at Fenway Park. The Toledo, Ohio native made his league debut on May 28 against Baltimore.
Guardians: RHP Shane Bieber has not lost (3-3, 3.00 ERA) since May 22, scoring a 2-0 record with 2.23 ERA in his last five starts. The 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner took 38 strokes and four walking runs during the period.
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