Naylor’s homer at 9th sends Guardians past stumbling Red Sox


Cleveland Guardians’ Josh Naylor watches his solo home run, which broke a 6-6 tie, in the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Wednesday July 27, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


Josh Naylor hit a solo home run in the ninth inning and the Cleveland Guardians capitalized on three errors by Boston first baseman Franchy Cordero to beat the Red Sox 7-6 on Wednesday night.

“I live for these opportunities,” Naylor said. “I worked on them as a kid with my dad and my brothers. So in their eyes, I appreciate them and just try to make the most of them.

Bobby Dalbec hit two homers and drove in five runs for the Red Sox, who were down seven of eight and 15 of 19.

Naylor hit his 14th homer with one out against Tanner Houck (5-4).

“I think you have to be good, but I think you have to want to be in this situation. I think he appreciates that,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “When he stays like that, he becomes so dangerous. He’s a very good hitter. »

Enyel De Los Santos (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win. Emmanuel Clase worked a goalless ninth for this 21st save.

Cleveland went 6-all in the eighth when Nolan Jones singled and advanced to second on a Cordero wild pitch. Myles Straw doubled the equalizing point at home.

Two of Cordero’s errors came on throws. He was also involved in a weird play in the fourth when he hit a double that resulted in a pair of errors from Cleveland.

“We didn’t play good defense,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “In the end, this is the result. You give more than 27 outs to the opposition at this level, you will pay the price. It’s been going on here for a while. Defensively we were very good for a while. We haven’t been good for 2 and a half weeks.

Straw’s RBI brace capped a second three-pointer that included two Cordero errors as Cleveland took a 3-0 lead against Nathan Eovaldi. Dalbec homered in the bottom half.

Steven Kwan scored an RBI double in the fourth as the Guardians made it 5-2 in the fourth. Dalbec’s sacrificial fly in the bottom half brought Boston down 5-4.

Dalbec hit his 10th homer in the sixth for a 6-5 lead.

Eovaldi went six innings, allowing three earned hits and nine scoreless hits.

Cleveland starter Cal Quantrill went 5 1/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on eight hits and two walks.


Red Sox: All-Star 3B Rafael Devers, out since July 23 with an inflamed right hamstring, should be activated as soon as he is eligible, without needing a rehab stint. … LHP Rich Hill, out since July 2 with a sprained left knee, has had his rehab start scheduled for Wednesday postponed. Depending on Boston’s bullpen usage on Wednesday, Hill could either be activated to pitch for the Red Sox on Thursday or make an appearance in rehab on Thursday. … INF Christian Arroyo, sidelined with a sprained left groin since July 9, served as DH for Double-A Portland on Wednesday, going 1-for-1, with a run scored, an RBI and two walks. He is expected to play second base on Thursday. … RHP Matt Barnes, out since May 31 with an inflamed right shoulder, is set to make his first consecutive appearances in rehab on Thursday and Friday. … 2B Trevor Story, out since July 14 with a right hand contusion, is feeling better, Cora said, but is not yet scheduled for a rehab assignment. … CF Kiké Hernández, out since June 8 with a right hip flexor injury, is expected to start swinging a bat on Saturday. … RHP Michael Wacha, who has been out since July 5 with an inflamed right shoulder, is due to start a bullpen session on Thursday.


The Red Sox and Guardians wrap up their season streak on Thursday. Boston RHP Kutter Crawford (2-3, 4.50 ERA) is expected to start, opposed by RHP Triston McKenzie (7-6, 3.11). This will be Crawford’s second appearance against Cleveland, the first this season. He allowed five runs in two innings against Cleveland in 2021. This will be McKenzie’s first career appearance against Boston.


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