Jose Ramirez scored a double-scoring to take the Major League lead in the RBIs, Shane Pepper took an accurate lead in the fifth inning before a long rain delay, and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Texas Rangers 4-0 on Wednesday night.
Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and 54 this season from the RBI, matching Mets star Pete Alonso.
Andrés Giménez had my husband and wife RBI, Josh Naylor and Steven Kwan saved twice while the Guardians went back to 0.500 for the second time this week.
“I still don’t know exactly what happened with the delay, but even after all that happened, we made the most of it,” Bieber said. “You’re just trying to take it a step further and realize you’re not the only one who’s bothering him. Winning is winning.”
Bieber scored his 700th career goal by sniffing Mitch Garver in the fourth. The right-hander reached the record in his 93rd game, matching the second-fewest number of matches to achieve it ever behind U Darvish 87.
The Guardians took a 4-0 lead in fifth when crew chief Alfonso Marquez requested the use of a tarp after singles Nathaniel Lowe. Bieber was cursed repeatedly as he walked off the field when play – shy of an official match – was halted for an hour and 52 minutes.
“Everyone knew the impact of that turn, so I couldn’t be happier,” said Bieber, who allowed three hits, hit six, and not walked with nothing in 4 1/3 of the rounds. “Obviously I was disappointed.”
The nine-game match, initially delayed 15 minutes, was completed in just 2:07, matching the total time of the two delays. Five Cleveland shooters needed just 100 shooters to retire the Rangers.
“I thought Bieber was cool,” Guardians team manager Terry Francona said. “Unfortunately, he couldn’t continue, which was frustrating because he was really good. Really good.”
Eli Morgan (2-1) made perfect 1 and 2/3 runs when play resumed for Cleveland, including a grab for Adulis Garcia at second base before he threw a floor. It was the first time the franchise had been launched in second place by a pitcher since Bert Blyleven on July 9, 1985.
“The pounce didn’t help there, but the damage was already done,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “Today is a little different than most days and we were up against the best shooters.”
Rangers champion Dane Dunning (1-4) lost four runs and nine strokes in four rounds, expanding his winning streak to seven starts. He is 1-10 in his career on the road.
Garcia and Lowe both scored two goals for the Texans, which only advanced one runner-up to second in a loss for the sixth time in eight games.
We didn’t get anything done, which is to their credit more than anything we didn’t do, Woodward said.
Seven Guardians games have been postponed due to weather at Progressive Field this year. Cleveland played four doubles at home and had five doubles left.
The two teams’ game rained down on Monday, forcing the two teams to play two-headed on Tuesday. Texas won the night game 6-3 after losing the opening game by the same score.
“The two words I’m tired of are ‘the lake (rain) effect,'” Francona said, ‘but we haven’t come up with a way to get around it.’
Guardians RHP Aaron Civale (left gluteal ache) will work three rounds Thursday for Triple-A Columbus in Indianapolis, marking his return to the hill after nearly three weeks. Francona said Cefal would be limited to 50-55 pitches. Cefal has not played since May 20 when he fell twice while mishandling an addict against Detroit.
Rangers: RHP Jonathan Hernández (Right Elbow Surgery) did three times during his rehab job with Triple-A Round Rock, allowing him to run once in two rounds. Hernandez is working his way back from Tommy John’s surgery on April 12, 2021.
Guardians: DH Franmil Reyes (tightness in the right hamstring), on the 10-day hit list since May 25, has been taking the hitting exercise in the late afternoon. Reyes hit several pitches from assistant coach Victor Rodriguez deep in the stands.
Rangers: RHP Glenn Otto (4-2, 4.24 ERA) starts Friday in the opener of a three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago. Otto has won three consecutive times in his career.
Guardians: LHP Konnor Pilkington (1-0, 2.65 ERA) starts Thursday as Cleveland continues its home run with four games against Oakland. Pilkington made his league debut on April 15.
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