Guardians solve Mariners bullpen, rally for 4-3 victory

José Ramírez hit a homer and sparked a comeback with an RBI double in the eighth inning, and the Cleveland Guardians rallied to a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners.

SEATTLE (AP) — José Ramírez hit a homer and sparked a comeback with an RBI double in the eighth inning, Zach Plesac won for the first time since early June and the Cleveland Guardians rebounded to a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Ramírez hit his 26th homer against Seattle starter Luis Castillo in the fourth, then hit a 101-mile fastball from reliever Andrés Muñoz as part of Cleveland’s three-run eighth down the left field line.

The big inning started with a walk to Steven Kwan and Amed Rosario’s single. Josh Naylor’s RBI groundout and Andrés Giménez’s sacrifice fly capped the breakout for the Guardians. Cleveland had four runs in the first 27 innings of the four-game series and then overshot three against one of the top relievers in the American League.

Muñoz (2-5) had not allowed a run in his previous 10 appearances. Seattle had led 51-0 that season when they led after seven innings.

The rally gave Plesac (3-11) his first win since June 5. The right-hander lost his previous seven decisions but limited the Mariners to three hits in a season-high seven innings and knocked out six.

The only problem for Plesac was that all three of those goals went wide. Eugenio Suárez hit a homer in the second inning for his 24th game of the season and rookie Julio Rodríguez hit a super shot in the third for his 21st inning.

Jake Lamb, who took over at first base after Ty France was sacked, hit his first homer since joining his hometown team with a two-out shot in the seventh.

For Rodríguez, it was his first long ball since signing a massive deal that guarantees him $209.3 million and could be worth up to $470 million over the life of the contract.

But that was all Seattle could do.

James Karinchak threw the eighth and Emmanuel Clase worked the ninth for his 30th save.

Castillo was dominant for six innings and only a high pitch count ended his night early.

Castillo allowed Kwan two singles, Ramírez’s long ball and a single from Naylor. He finished with 10 strikeouts, recording at least one in each inning and attacking the side in the third. His biggest strikeout was putting Rosario in first and third place with runners to finish fifth.


France was ejected midway through the fifth inning by plate umpire Lance Barrett. France had been called on strikes to finish fourth in a borderline place and had words for Barrett. After the top of the fifth, France seemed to have more words for Barrett and was thrown.

It was the second straight day that Seattle had an ejection after throwing Jesse Winker and manager Scott Servais on Friday.


Mariners: INF/OF Sam Haggerty batted in the batting cage before the game and was available from the bench a day after a violent attempt to smack fingers on his hand.


Guard: RHP Aaron Civale (2-5, 5.37 ERA) has not had a win since May 20 and has not had a decision in any of his last five starts. Civale allowed a run in 4 2/3 innings in his last start against San Diego.

Mariners: LHP Robbie Ray (10-8, 3.75) looking to continue his excellent performance from August. Ray has allowed six earned runs this month and struck out 34 in 26 innings over four starts. He has won his last two starts. Guardians solve Mariners bullpen, rally for 4-3 victory

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