Cleveland Guardians resolve Seattle Mariners bullpen, rally for 4-3 win
José Ramírez homered and sparked an eighth-inning comeback with an RBI brace, Zach Plesac won for the first time since early June and the Cleveland Guardians rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night in Seattle.
Ramírez hit his 26th homer off Seattle starter Luis Castillo in the fourth, then hit a 101-mph fastball from reliever Andrés Muñoz to the left-field line as part of Cleveland’s three-run eighth.
The big run began with a march to Steven Kwan and Amed Rosario’s single. The RBI elimination of Josh Naylor and the sacrificial fly of Andrés Giménez capped the explosion for the Guardians. Cleveland had scored four runs in the first 27 innings of the four-game series and then had three against one of the American League’s top relievers.
Muñoz (2-5) had allowed no points in his previous 10 appearances. Seattle was 51-0 this season as they led after seven innings.
The rally gave Plesac (3-11) its first win since June 5. The right-hander lost his previous seven decisions but held the Mariners to three hits in seven innings, a season high, and struck out six.
The only problem for Plesac was that those three hits had left the court. Eugenio Suárez homered in the lead in the second inning for his 24th of the season and rookie Julio Rodríguez hit a commanding shot in the third for his 21st.
Jake Lamb, who took over at first base after Ty France was ejected, hit his first homer since being traded to his hometown team with a two-out shot in the seventh.
For Rodríguez, it was his first long ball since signing a massive contract that guarantees him $209.3 million and could be worth up to nearly $470 million over the life of the deal.
But that was all Seattle could handle.
James Karinchak pitched 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 a pair of singles for Kwan, the long ball for Ramírez and a single for Naylor. He finished with 10 strikeouts, recording at least one in each inning and knocking out the team in the third. His biggest strikeout was getting Rosario with runners on first and third to finish fifth.
France was ejected by plate umpire Lance Barrett midway through the fifth inning. France had been called on strikes to finish fourth on boundary ground and had words for Barrett. After the start of the fifth, France apparently had no more words for Barrett and were thrown out.
It was the second straight day Seattle had an ejection, after Jesse Winker and manager Scott Servais were thrown out on Friday.
Mariners: INF/OF Sam Haggerty hit the batting cage before the game and was available on the bench a day after a bunt attempt hit the fingers of his hand.
Goalies: RHP Aaron Civale (2-5, 5.37 ERA) hasn’t won since May 20 and hasn’t made a decision in 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) is looking to continue his strong showing from August. Ray has allowed six earned runs and struck out 34 in 26 innings in four starts this month. He has won his last two starts.
— The Associated Press