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Three home runs help Guardians beat Mariners 6-3

Andrés Giménez hits 2-run HR, Will Brennan has two solo shots

By BRIAN DULIK, Associated Press
Published: June 20, 2024, 1:56pm
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Cleveland Guardians second baseman Andres Gimenez, right, forces out Seattle Mariners' Ryan Bliss, left, out at second base and completes the throw to first base for the out on Dylan Moore in the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Cleveland.
Cleveland Guardians second baseman Andres Gimenez, right, forces out Seattle Mariners' Ryan Bliss, left, out at second base and completes the throw to first base for the out on Dylan Moore in the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Photo Gallery

CLEVELAND — Andrés Giménez hit a two-run homer and Will Brennan had a pair of solo shots, lifting the American League Central-leading Cleveland Guardians to a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.

Gimenez’s blast to right-center off Luis Castillo (6-8) provided the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, when Cleveland scored three times to take a 5-3 lead. Josh Naylor added an RBI double as the Guardians took two of three in the series.

“When they’re hitting like that — in their ballpark — it’s going to be tough to beat them,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Every inning is a battle. They’re scrappy and they just keep coming.”

Brennan went deep against Castillo in the second and Trent Thornton in the eighth for his first multi-homer game. He also doubled in amassing a career-high 10 total bases.

Logan Allen (8-3) pitched six innings, giving up three runs, in winning his second straight start. Emmanuel Clase earned his 22nd save with a perfect ninth for Cleveland, which has the second-best home record in the majors at 23-9.

“That’s the resilience of this group, we just stay in it,” Allen said. “It’s kind of a cat-and-mouse game. Taking the series against a first-place team — a team you hope to see down the road in the playoffs — is big.”

Dylan Moore hit a two-run homer in the first and Ryan Bliss had an RBI double in the fourth for AL West leader Seattle. The Mariners lost for just the sixth time in 19 games since May 31.

Castillo allowed a season-high tying five runs in five innings, falling to 1-5 in his career against Cleveland.

“Good things happen when you swing at strikes,” Brennan said. “We do really well at home and I can’t wait for the Cleveland fans to keep showing out.”

Guardians left fielder Steven Kwan went 1 for 3, dropping his batting average to .396 and he extended his hitting streak to 14 games. He is batting an MLB-high .500 since May 31, but is 14 plate appearances shy of qualifying for the league leaders.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: Right-hander Bryan Woo (right elbow soreness) reported no issues after pitching four innings and allowing three runs Wednesday against Cleveland. Woo had his previous start skipped because of discomfort in his surgically repaired elbow.

Guardians: Right-hander Gavin Williams (right elbow inflammation) will make his next rehab start Friday for Double-A Akron. Williams, who has been on the injured list all season, had a 7.88 ERA in his first four rehab outings for Triple-A Columbus.

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Mariners: Right-hander George Kirby (6-5, 3.54 ERA) takes the hill Friday as Seattle continues its nine-game trip in Miami. Kirby tossed six scoreless innings and gained the win in his lone career appearance against the Marlins on June 13, 2023.

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Guardians 6, Mariners 3

Seattle AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Crawford ss 4 1 1 0 0 0 .206
Moore 3b 3 1 1 2 1 0 .208
Ju.Rodríguez cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .264
Garver c 3 0 0 0 0 1 .176
a-Raleigh ph-c 1 0 0 0 0 1 .202
France dh 2 1 0 0 1 1 .244
Haniger rf 3 0 0 0 1 1 .218
Locklear 1b 3 0 0 0 0 0 .200
b-Rojas ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .265
Robles lf 2 0 1 0 1 0 .357
c-Raley ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .254
Bliss 2b 2 0 1 1 1 0 .179
Totals 29 3 5 3 5 5
Cleveland AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Kwan lf 3 2 1 0 1 1 .396
Giménez 2b 4 1 2 2 0 1 .257
Ramírez dh 3 1 0 0 1 1 .272
J.Naylor 1b 4 0 1 1 0 1 .237
Fry c 4 0 1 0 0 2 .307
Hedges c 0 0 0 0 0 0 .123
Brennan rf 4 2 3 2 0 0 .254
Schneemann 3b 3 0 0 0 1 1 .303
Freeman cf 3 0 0 0 0 1 .216
Rocchio ss 2 0 1 0 1 0 .213
Totals 30 6 9 5 4 8
Seattle 200 100 000—3 5 0
Cleveland 110 030 01x—6 9 0

a-struck out for Garver in the 8th. b-grounded out for Locklear in the 9th. c-struck out for Robles in the 9th.

LOB—Seattle 5, Cleveland 4. 2B—Bliss (1), Kwan (11), Brennan (7), J.Naylor (10). HR—Moore (8), off Allen; Brennan (7), off Castillo; Giménez (5), off Castillo; Brennan (8), off Thornton. RBI—Moore 2 (25), Bliss (3), Brennan 2 (24), Giménez 2 (37), J.Naylor (55). SB—Moore (13), Ramírez (13). CS—Rocchio (5).

Runners left in scoring position—Seattle 3 (Crawford 2, Garver); Cleveland 3 (Fry, Schneemann 2). RISP—Seattle 1 for 5; Cleveland 2 for 6.

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Runners moved up—J.Naylor. GIDP_Garver, Moore, Locklear, Freeman, J.Naylor.

DP—Seattle 2 (Locklear, Crawford, Locklear; Moore, Bliss, Locklear); Cleveland 3 (Rocchio, Giménez, J.Naylor; Rocchio, Giménez, J.Naylor; Rocchio, Giménez, J.Naylor).

Seattle IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Castillo, L, 6-8 5 8 5 5 2 4 93 3.63
Saucedo 1 0 0 0 1 0 13 2.84
Stanek 1 0 0 0 1 2 25 3.81
Thornton 1 1 1 1 0 2 22 3.58
Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Allen, W, 8-3 6 4 3 3 4 2 87 5.23
Herrin, H, 8 1-3 1 0 0 1 0 15 1.20
Smith, H, 10 1 2-3 0 0 0 0 2 21 1.82
Clase, S, 22-25 1 0 0 0 0 1 11 0.76

Inherited runners-scored—Smith 2-0. HBP—Allen (France).

Umpires—Home, John Tumpane; First, John Bacon; Second, Hunter Wendelstedt; Third, Doug Eddings.

T—2:26. A—24,470 (34,788).

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