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That’s More Like It: Cleveland Guardians Beat Kansas City Royals 7-2

If “classic Cleveland Guardians baseball” is a thing that exists, we saw it last night in Kansas City.

Tanner Bibee (7-2) delivered six strong innings, and Jose Ramirez led the offense in a 7-2 victory over the Royals.

Cleveland avoided its first four-game losing streak of the season and has a chance to even the four-game series today.

Josh Naylor gave the Guardians a 1-0 lead when he doubled to score Steven Kwan in the first inning.

Royals first baseman Vinny Pasquantino tied the score in the bottom of the first with a solo homer. Teammate Michael Massey did the same in the second inning to put the Royals on top 2-1.


Cleveland took over the rest of way, as Jhonkensy Noel bashed his second home run of the year. The two-run homer to left was just barely a fair ball.

The Guardians scored three more in the fifth on RBI doubles from Ramirez and Naylor, followed by a run-scoring single from Andres Gimenez.

Ramirez tacked on a solo homer in the seventh. He has 23 home runs and 75 RBI before the end of June.

Sam Hentges (who caught Ramirez’s homer while warming up in the bullpen), Cade Smith, Hunter Gaddis, and Scott Barlow kept the Royals off the scoreboard in the final three innings.

Before the game, the Royals inducted Bo Jackson into their Hall of Fame. He’s already in the Tecmo Bowl Hall of Fame.

Logan Allen (8-3, 5.72 ERA) will start for Cleveland today, while the Royals will counter with Seth Lugo (10-2, 2.29).


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