Cleveland — Alex Verdugo hit a three-run homer, Jarren Duran scored four RBIs and RBIs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Guardians 4-2 on Saturday to win six straight games.
Verdugo’s two-out rocket, right next to Shane Bieber (3-4), gave Boston a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning. Durand added an RBI single on the ninth off of Eniel Delos Santos.
The scorching Red Sox has moved the season’s best 10 games to over .500, 18-4 this month. Boston has the second best baseball record from May 10th to 31-12, but is 11 games behind the New York Yankees, which leads the American League East.
Right-handed Josh Winkowski (3-1) allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings and won his third victory at the start of June 3. Toledo, Ohio made his big league debut against Baltimore on May 28 and pitched for the first time in his hometown.
Jake Diekman, John Schreiber and Matt Strahm followed Winkowski with 2 2/3 no points, while Tanner Houck made a perfect nine with his sixth save.
Durand stole two bases for Boston, but failed to score after loading the eighth base against Trevor Stephan.
The Guardians gained a 2-0 advantage for the third time when Amed Rosario tripled his home Steven Kwan and scored on José Ramirez’s sacrifice fly. Ramirez leads AL with 63 RBIs, but he has hit 13 games in a row.
Cleveland, who won 17 of the 24 games, fell to 0-2 at the home stand in 11 games against the Twins and the Yankees. The Guardians entered the day of being tied to Minnesota at the top of AL Central.
Beaver dominated his previous five starts, scoring 2-0 with 38 strikeouts in 2.23 ERA and 32 1/3 innings. The 2020 ALCy Young winner lost for the first time since May 22nd.
Boston’s Rob Refsnyder, who owns an on-base percentage of .486, did not play. He is the first player to reach the base in the first 11 games against the team since Daniel Nava in 2021.
The Red Sox RHP Connor Seabold is traveling on a taxi team and will be active in Toronto on Monday. RHP Garrett Whitlock was an option to play against the Blue Jays, but his right hip was inflamed and remained on the disabled list for 15 days.
“Last season, Connor got his feet wet, so he knows how to do it,” said manager Alex Cora.
Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (broken right rib) hit the Florida Complex League Red Sox scoreless innings six times on 22/3 in his second rehab on Saturday. Cola said the seven All-Stars will be on the next pitch in Double A Portland.
Guardians: RHP Carlos Vargas (surgery on the right elbow), who has been doing IL for 60 days since April 7, has appeared twice in the rehab of Double A Akron. 22-year-old Vargas is 1-0, ERA is 0.00, and there are two strikeouts in two innings.
Red Sox: LHP Rich Hill (3-4, 4.50 ERA) will make its final start of the month with the 3 Game Series Finale in Progressive Field. Hill had a 2-1 record at 3.43 ERA on three outings in June and hit 21 in 21 innings.
Guardians: RHP Aaron Civale (2-3, 7.25 ERA) is the second start since spending a month on painful IL in the left buttock. Civale allowed two runs in five innings and did not make a decision in Minnesota on June 21st.
Verdugo hits a three-run home run, burning the Red Sox’s top guardian
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