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Guardians get by Dodgers with ninth-inning push

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Jun 19, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Cleveland Guardians left fielder Oscar Mercado (35) slides into home plate to beat a throw to Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith (16) to score in the second inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oscar Gonzalez hit his first career home run and Andres Gimenez hit a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning as the visiting Cleveland Guardians pulled out a 5-3 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Richie Palacios had a game-tying RBI double in the eighth inning, while Southern California native Shane Bieber pitched into the seventh inning in his first career start at Dodger Stadium.

Freddie Freeman hit a home run for the Dodgers and left-hander Andrew Heaney gave up just one earned run over five innings after spending two months on the injured list with left shoulder inflammation.

Cleveland improved to 5-1 on its nine-game, three-city road trip that continues Tuesday at Minnesota. The Guardians won their sixth consecutive series.

The Guardians took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a sacrifice fly from Austin Hedges, but the Dodgers got even in their half of the second on Gavin Lux’s two-out RBI double. They pushed ahead 2-1 in the third on Freeman’s homer, his sixth and second since May 27 (21 games).

The Guardians tied it 2-2 in the sixth when Gonzalez hit a home run off Heaney, his first in 22 career games.

A Gimenez throwing error gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead in the seventh before Cleveland tied it in the eighth on a two-out, pinch-hit double by Palacios against right-hander Daniel Hudson.

With the bases loaded in the ninth against Dodgers right-hander Craig Kimbrel, the Guardians went ahead 4-3 on Gimenez’s single to center before Ernie Clement added a sacrifice fly for the second run of the inning.

Heaney gave up five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts, landing a roster spot after leadoff man Mookie Betts went on the IL with a cracked right rib. Kimbrel (0-3) gave up the two runs in the ninth on two hits and two walks.

Bieber gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings with one walk and nine strikeouts. Eli Morgan (3-2) did not give up a run over 1 2/3 innings, while Emmanuel Clase pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez missed his second consecutive game with a sore right thumb, but is expected to return Tuesday.

–Field Level Media