Diamondbacks vs Guardians – Game Recap – August 1, 2022


CLEVELAND — — Amed Rosario homered early and singled in the winning run of the 11th inning for his third hit of the game as the Cleveland Guardians beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 Monday night.

Rosario hit a line past a diving Christian Walker to first base and into right field to score rookie Will Benson from third, sparking a celebration behind the mound.

The Guardians edge out first-place Minnesota by just one game in the AL Central, despite being baseball’s youngest team.

“I’m not sure they check your age when you’re in the batting box in the 10th inning,” manager Terry Francona said.

Rosario, who homered for two in the third, doubled a 1-0 pitch from Mark Melancon (3-10), the Diamondbacks’ 10th pitcher. Benson started the inning as an autorunner at second and moved to third on the Austin Hedges bunt.

Steven Kwan walked and stole second, but Myles Straw pulled out before Rosario gave Cleveland their fifth win of the season.

Rosario said there was a sense of excitement in the Cleveland dugout late in close games.

“You’re always going to have that vibe with that energy,” he said through a translator. “It’s easier to play with that energy.”

Arizona advanced a runner to third with one out at 11th, but Sam Hentges (3-2) retired Jake McCarthy on a lineout and pinch hitter Buddy Kennedy retired.

The Diamondbacks went the go-ahead in the 10th when Ketel Marte hit in a double play, but Andrés Giménez tied it with an RBI single — his fourth hit to go along with a career-high three stolen bases.

The ball was flying out of Progressive Field at the start of an 84 degree night. Daulton Varsho’s solo home run gave Arizona the lead in the second, but Owen Miller’s two-run shot gave Cleveland the lead in the bottom of the inning.

Rosario hit a two-run homer in the third, but Walker’s three-run drive in the fourth against Cal Quantrill erased a 4-1 deficit.

Zach Davies allowed both Cleveland home runs in his first start since June 25. The right-hander was on the injured list with shoulder inflammation and was activated before the match. Davies was taken out after Rosario’s homer at third and charged with four runs.

Quantrill allowed four runs in six innings.

Kwan had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 15 games in his rookie season.

Arizona reliever Kevin Ginkel, selected from Triple-A Reno on Monday, retired the team in the fourth and missed a clean inning by a pitch. Nolan Jones and Hedges each hit on three pitches. Straw fouled down a 0-2 pitch before taking a called third strike.


Guardians designated hitter Franmil Reyes, mired in a season-long slump, emptied his locker after the game. Reyes still has two minor league options and has been mentioned in trade talks.

Reyes started the season as a cleanup hitter, but is batting .213 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs. Cleveland outfielder Oscar Gonzalez has been out since June 30 with a right intercostal strain and is expected to return soon.


Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor returned after missing two games with numbness in his surgically repaired right ankle. He tested his ankle and was cleared by team medical staff to play on Monday. Naylor also suffers from back pain.

“He went out and ran and did everything,” Francona said. “I said to him, ‘I want you to play, you have to be OK. So they did it OK.


Benson was in line at a restaurant in Louisville, Ky., on Sunday when he received a phone call advising him that he was being promoted to Cleveland by Triple-A Columbus.

“I was at Taco Bell because my daughter wanted Taco Bell,” Benson said. “But it was fine because the Taco Bell was pretty close to the Omni Hotel where my parents were staying, so I was able to drive back and tell my parents. It was crazy. We literally went crazy in valet, just jumping, screaming.

Benson made his major league debut in right field in the ninth inning.


Diamondbacks: LHP Caleb Smith was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured non-throwing hand. The injury happened after he was taken out of Saturday’s game against Atlanta. “Caleb broke his hand hitting something he shouldn’t have hit,” manager Torey Lovullo said.

Goaltenders: Miller was pulled from Saturday’s game after being hit in the right elbow by a pitch and did not play Sunday.


Diamondbacks: RHP Zac Gallen (5-2, 3.24 ERA) will make his first career start against Cleveland in Game 2 of the series on Tuesday night. He’s allowed three earned runs in 18 2/3 innings in his last three starts.

Goaltenders: RHP Triston McKenzie (7-7, 3.24 ERA) gave up a three-run homer to Xander Bogaerts and lost to the Red Sox on Thursday.



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