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Guardians 2-1 Tigers (May 6, 2024) Game Recap

CLEVELAND — — José Ramírez hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, breaking Hall of Famer Larry Doby’s franchise record with his 87th career go-ahead start and lifting the Cleveland Guardians to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Ramírez’s drive-off starter Jack Flaherty (0-2) hit the foul pole in right field, snapping a 1-all tie that had stood since the first. The Guardians have the second-best record in the American League at 23-12.

Riley Greene homered on the first pitch of the game for Detroit, which lost its fourth straight game. The shot off Triston McKenzie was Greene’s second leadoff home run of the season and the third of his three-year career.

Nick Sandlin (3-0) worked 1 1/3 innings for the win and Emmanuel Clase earned his 11th save, tying him at four points in the Majors.

Flaherty struck out six in six innings, extending his winless streak to 12 starts. The right-hander is 0-5 with a 5.98 ERA since beating Toronto on August 3, 2023 while pitching for Baltimore.

Will Brennan singled in Estevan Florial for Cleveland’s first run. McKenzie worked five innings, allowing one run and striking out six.

Kyle Manzardo – the Guardians’ top power-hitting prospect – made his major league debut and struck out in all three at-bats as the designated hitter.

Acquired from Tampa Bay last July for pitcher Aaron Civale, the 23-year-old Manzardo hit .303 with nine home runs and 20 RBI in 29 games with Triple-A Columbus.

Earlier in the day, Cleveland placed AL batting leader Steven Kwan on the injured list with a left hamstring strain. The two-time Gold Glove left fielder, who is batting .353, is expected to miss four weeks due to an injury suffered against the Angels on Saturday.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: OF Wenceel Pérez (illness) returned after missing one game and walked as a pinch hitter in the sixth. Detroit manager AJ Hinch planned to give the rookie another day off.

Guardians: LHP Sam Hentges (left middle finger inflammation) was activated. He threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a rehab stint with Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron.

NEXT ONE

Tigers RHP Kenta Maeda (1-1, 5.02 ERA) will face Guardians LHP Logan Allen (3-2, 5.11) in the second game of the series. Maeda picked up his first win with Detroit against St. Louis last week.

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