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Cleveland Guardians Erase 5-Run Deficit to Beat Kansas City Royals 8-5

Cleveland manager Stephen Vogt told reporters that his Guardians always believe they can get a rally going.

“We don’t quit,” he said.

That theory was put to the test on Tuesday night when the Guardians found themselves trailing 5-0 in the fourth inning.

Guardians starter Triston McKenzie gave up home runs to Hunter Renfroe and Bobby Witt Jr. in the third inning, and then Witt went deep again in the fourth.

Cleveland’s offense went to work in the bottom of the fourth, as Jose Ramirez singled to score Steven Kwan.

Josh Naylor then blasted his 16th home run to center field to cut the Royals’ lead to 5-3.

The Royals’ lead held up until the seventh inning, when the Guardians erupted for five runs. Tyler Freeman golfed a two-run home run into the left-field bleachers to tie the game 5-5.


Cleveland went ahead by three with a bases-clearing error by Bobby Witt Jr. at shortstop. He uncorked a wild throw that landed in the photographers’ bay.

By this time, Vogt had turned the game over to his lights-out bullpen. Cade Smith improved his record to 3-0 with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, followed by more of the same from Scott Barlow in the eighth and Emmanuel Clase in the ninth.

Clase has not given up a run since April, and he has a 0.30 ERA to go with his 19 saves.

Nick Sandlin (4-0), usually a reliever, is scheduled to start tonight’s game against the Royals’ Brady Singer (4-2). Logan Allen usually would start for Cleveland, but he is available for the “bullpen game.” First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m.


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