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Jose Ramirez’s breakdown home run lifts Guardians to 4-1 win over Angels – MLB

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez snapped an 0-for-19 skid to cap a 10-pitch at-bat with a two-run home run and Josh Naylor also hit a two-run shot to lift the Cleveland Guardians to a 4-run lead . Sunday 1 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

Ramirez, a five-time All-Star, was hitless in six straight games before hitting a full-count fastball from Griffin Canning (1-4) in the sixth inning to erase a 1-0 deficit. Andres Gimenez singled and Ramirez followed with his sixth homerun of the season into the right-center stands.

Naylor added insurance with his team-leading eighth homer with two outs in the eighth inning off Matt Moore. Naylor’s shot came after Ramirez walked with two outs.

Carlos Carrasco (2-2) allowed one run and six hits in six innings. He had given up thirteen runs and five home runs in nine innings in his previous two starts.

Emmanuel Clase pitched a perfect ninth inning for his tenth save in twelve chances.

Canning (1-4) pitched a season-high six innings, giving up just two runs, striking out five and walking one.

The AL Central-leading Guardians (22-12) moved 10 games to over .500 by winning two of three in the series. The Angels (12-22) dropped 10 games under.

The Angels lost for the 13th time in their past 16 games overall and have lost 27 of their past 32 games at Progressive Field. Los Angeles has just one series win this year.

The Angels scored their run in the second inning when Willie Calhoun hit a leadoff double and scored on Jo Adell’s sacrifice fly. Cole Tucker had two hits for the Angels and is 5 for 12 since being called up from Triple-A Salt Lake.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: Catcher Logan O’Hoppe (right hand contusion) left the lineup after being injured Saturday night, but expects to play Monday. … Infielder Luis Rengifo (illness) sat out a second straight day but said he was feeling better.

Guardians: Left fielder Steven Kwan underwent an MRI of his left hamstring after feeling tightness and leaving the game Saturday night. He started the day leading the AL with a .353 batting average. … LHP Sam Hentges (left middle finger inflammation) and RHP Eli Morgan (right shoulder inflammation) both pitched for Triple-A Columbus on Saturday. Hentges, who could be activated on Monday, worked one scoreless inning and Morgan struckout all three batters he faced in his first appearance. … Double-A Akron outfielder Chase DeLauter, considered the organization’s top prospect, has a broken bone in his left foot and will be evaluated Wednesday. He had surgery on the same foot last season.

NEXT ONE

Angels: Open a three-game series Monday night in Pittsburgh with LHP Tyler Anderson (2-3, 2.23 ERA) facing Pirates RHP Mitch Keller (2-3, 5.18).

Guardians: Begin a three-game home series with Detroit on Monday night, as RHP Triston McKenzie (2-2, 4.34) will square off against Tigers RHP Jack Flaherty (0-1, 4.00). Flaherty tied an AL record by striking out the first seven batters he faced on Tuesday against St. Louis.

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