CLEVELAND, AP — Cal Quantrill pitched six scoreless innings and Amed Rosario hit a two-run single, lifting the Cleveland Guardians to a 4-1 victory over the AL West-leading Houston Astros on Saturday night.
All-Star José Ramírez added two hits and an RBI, and Andres Gimenez and Myles Straw had two hits apiece. The Guardians shot within a game and a half of first-place Minnesota in the AL Central with the combined six hits.
Quantrill (8-5) struck out four on a single walk, extending his winning streak to four and remaining undefeated at Progressive Field. The right-hander is 11-0 in 36 career games at the stadium, including 26 starts for Cleveland.
Houston has only advanced one runner past second base in the first eight innings against Quantrill, Trevor Stephan and James Karinchak. Aledmys Díaz’s second brace of the match took Alex Bregman to the ninth against Emmanuel Clase.
The Astros have the second-best record in the AL — one game behind the Yankees — and are off to a franchise-best start 70-39. Houston holds the AL’s best road record at 36-22 and leads the West by 11½ games.
Cleveland took a 4-0 lead with three points in the second against Luis Garcia (8-8), highlighted by Rosario’s understudy at center who led Straw and Gimenez. Ramírez doubled Rosario at home in the first for his 87th RBI.
The right-hander Garcia worked six innings, allowing four runs and nine hits in losing his third straight start.
Bench coach Joe Espada continued to replace Astros manager Dusty Baker, who tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Friday night’s game. No other members of their traveling party have been affected by the virus.
Jake Meyers and Díaz each had two hits, and Bregman and Christian Vázquez had one each for Houston, which won the first two games of the series by a combined score of 15-3.
The Guardians snapped a seven-game losing streak at home to the Astros, beating them for the first time in Cleveland since July 31, 2019.
Guardians DH Franmil Reyes, who started the season as a cleanup hitter, was slated for assignment and removed from the 40-man roster.
The 27-year-old was moved to Triple-A Columbus after hitting .213 with nine home runs and 104 strikeouts in 263 at-bats. He went 1 for 11 in three games with the Clippers.
A second-day Open starter for Cleveland, 1B Bobby Bradley, was released from Columbus in a simultaneous move.
Astros: OF Kyle Tucker (ill) was sidelined for his third straight game after falling ill Thursday upon arriving at the stadium. Tucker was in the original lineup before being scratched two hours before the first pitch.
Goalkeepers: OF Steven Kwan (bruised left foot) did not play after fouling a ball from his foot in the first set on Friday. The rookie left the game in the fourth quarter, ending the longest active hitting streak in the majors at 18 games.
Astros: RHP Christian Javier (6-7, 3.24 ERA) is on a five-start winless streak, posting an 0-4 record with a 5.11 ERA since beating the Los Angeles Angels July 1.
Goaltenders: RHP Triston McKenzie (7-8, 3.38 ERA) has lost his last two starts, allowing four earned runs against Boston on July 28 and Arizona on August 2.
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