Ramirez’s homer in the eighth leads the Guardians to 3-2 win

Cleveland Guardians' Jose Ramirez reacts after hitting a solo home run off Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Jhoan Duran during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, May 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered with two outs in the eighth inning, sending the Cleveland Guardians to a 3-2 win on Friday night over the Minnesota Twins in a game featuring the first infield shift violation this season.

Ramirez connected for his 10th homer on a 2-1 pitch from Jhoan Duran (0-1), driving it into the seats in right field to delight a Progressive Field crowd that came out to see Cleveland’s new uniforms and fireworks.

It was the 226th career homer for Ramirez, moving him into a tie for fourth in club history with Hall of Famer Earl Averill. Only Jim Thome (337), Albert Belle (242) and Manny Ramirez (236) have more.

Ramirez’s homer also came after the Twins won a video challenge to wipe out a stolen base at second.

Tim Herrin (2-0), who allowed the Twins to tie it in the eighth, got the win. Emmanuel Clase worked the ninth for his 13th save.

Guardians starter Triston McKenzie allowed just two hits — one a homer — in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander also got three double plays and a nice diving catch by center fielder Tyler Freeman to start the game.

David Fry belted a two-run homer for the Guardians in the sixth shortly after Twins shortstop Carlos Correa was ruled to be illegally out of position while fielding a grounder.

McKenzie only gave up one run — a homer to Alex Kiriloff — as Minnesota continued to struggle offensively and dropped its fourth straight. McKenzie induced double plays in three straight innings.

The Twins stumbled into Cleveland. They were swept at home in a three-game series earlier this week by the New York Yankees, who shut out them out in the final two games and outscored Minnesota 14-1.

Twins rookie Simeon Woods Richardson was pulled in the sixth following an unusual matchup against Ramirez, who appeared to ground out to Correa for the first out.

However, the Guardians felt Correa was to the left side of second base when the pitch was released.

They challenged and the play was overturned by replay with Ramirez returning to the batter’s box — he was awarded a ball and runner Andres Gimenez returned to first — before hitting a foul pop the Twins let drop.

Ramirez then pulled a pitch down the right-field line that just missed being a two-run homer by feet. He eventually struck out, but Gimenez, who opened the inning with a single, stole second and went to third on a throwing error.

Okert came on and the Twins cut down Gimenez at the plate on a fielder’s choice before the versatile Fry, who has played first, outfield, catcher and DH, connected on an 0-2 pitch for his fourth homer.

Kiriloff’s homer leading off the third ended Minnesota’s scoreless streak at 28 consecutive innings, the fourth longest streak in club history (since 1961).


The Guardians debuted their new City Connect Series uniforms.

The blue tops are emblazoned with “CLE” across the front in art-deco style letters and numbers inspired by the nearby Guardians of Traffic pillars on the Hope Memorial Bridge outside Progressive Field.


Twins: CF Byron Buxton is expected to be activated from the injury list for Saturday’s game after being sidelined since May 3 with right knee inflammation.

Buxton played back-to-back games this week at Triple-A St. Paul without any issues, clearing his return.

Guardians: RHP Gavin Williams (elbow) threw another bullpen session as he continues to build up arm strength after being hurt in training camp.

He threw 50 pitches Wednesday in his first session since receiving an anti-inflammatory injection.


Twins RHP Bailey Ober (4-1, 3.77 ERA) goes for his fifth win in six starts, matching up against Guardians LHP Logan Allen (4-2, 5.56).


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