scheduled tribe. Petersburg, Fla. – Jose Ramirez tied a two-run homer in fifth, Shane Bieber scored eight runs in seven innings and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 on Friday night.
Ramirez’s 21st homer from a drive away from Jeffrey Springs (3-3) gave Cleveland a 3-1 lead. Ramirez added a two-out RBI single in the eighth after Steven Kwan’s third single.
Bieber (5-6) is just 2-3 out of nine since June 3. He needed 26 pitches in the first, when Ji-Man Choi hit a run-scoring single. The Rays trapped the loaded bases when Christian Bethancourt struck.
Emmanuel Claes finished ninth for his 22nd save in 24 occasions, fielding Bethancourt in a game-ending double play. The Guardians won for the third time in four games.
Tampa Bay has lost six out of seven for the AL’s third wild card and leads Cleveland by three and a half games. The homestand opener scored just 14,671 runs
Bieber, who has scored six innings or more in 11 of his last 13, conceded one run and five hits.
Springs allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.
Guardian: Right-hander Aaron Siwale, with a sprained right wrist on the 15-day IL from July 14, is scheduled to pitch a mound on Sunday.
Rays: According to manager Kevin Cash, right-hander Matt Wiesler has a minor neck strain on 15-day IL Wednesday. , , , , Catcher Mike Zunino, who last played on June 10 and is out for the season, had surgery on his left shoulder on Thursday.
Right-handed Rayz Corey Kluber (6-6, 3.91) will make his second debut on Saturday against the team for which he won the Cy Young Awards in 2014 and 2017. Kluber played six scoreless innings for the Yankees against Cleveland last September. 17, won. Right-hander Zach Plesack (2-8, 4.09) will pitch for the Guardian.
This article was originally published in Akron Beacon Journal: The Guardians pull for AL’s third wild card within three and a half games of the Rays