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Josh Naylor Powers Out of Slump as Cleveland Guardians Beat Colorado Rockies 13-7

In Colorado, a baseball flies 9 percent farther than anywhere else. The Cleveland Guardians took advantage of this scientific fact in a 13-7 win on Tuesday night.

Josh Naylor broke out of an 0-for-17 slump with a pair of home runs, while Jose Ramirez and David Fry also went deep.

Both teams scored runs in bunches. Despite the high score, neither team scored just one run per inning. It was always two or three.


Ramirez started the scoring with his 16th homer in the first inning to put Cleveland up 2-0. He increased his major-league leading RBI total to 56, including 32 in the month of May.

Colorado tied the score in the third on a two-run homer from Kris Bryant.

Cleveland took the lead back at 4-2 in the fourth inning on sacrifice flies from Bo Naylor and Gabriel Arias. The Rockies evened the score again in the bottom of the inning on a two-run blast from Elehuris Montero.

In the fifth, Josh Naylor hit a two-run homer, and Kyle Manzardo (3-for-5) added an RBI single to put Cleveland up 7-4. However, Colorado tied the game again in the sixth inning.

The Guardians finally brought out the heavy artillery with some classic American League baseball: the three-run homer. Fry hit one in the seventh, and Josh Naylor added another in the eighth.


Triston McKenzie made it through the first five innings while giving up four runs. That’s acceptable when pitching in Colorado.

Cade Smith (2-0) picked up the win in relief for Cleveland, as he struck out three of the five batters he faced.

Logan Allen will bring his 6-2 record to the mound tonight for the series finale, which starts at 8:40 p.m. Eastern. Ty Blach (1-2) will pitch for the Rockies.


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