The Cleveland Guardians won seven consecutive victories, losing 4-2 to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.
The Guardians were at the top of the American League Central District in a three-game series, but after Saturday's defeat, they were behind the Minnesota Twins and lost three games in a row. ..
The Red Sox are aiming for a three-game sweep in Cleveland on Sunday. They send veteran left-handed Rich Hill (3-4, 4.35 ERA) to the Guardians. He has 11 career appearances (4 starts) against Cleveland and is 1-1 in the life of 4.43 ERA.
The Guardians try to save the last match of the series with right-handed Aaron Civale (2-3, 7.25), who will make his first appearance against Boston.
Cleveland's manager, Terry Francona, appreciates the Red Sox batter. Boston recorded 10 hits on Saturday. This includes the 18th home run in the last 14 games.
Alex Verdugo hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning of Guardians ace Shane Bieber (3-4, 3.07).
Boston manager Alex Cora praised Verdugo after defeating two doubles and one RBI on Friday.
"I said this was the best match of the season for him, regardless of the outcome," Cola said. "He was patient. He counted and hit the ball the other way around."
At the eighth at bat on Friday, he screamed at Cleveland's second baseman Andres Jimenez. I hit the line drive to raise. According to Guardians media notes, the exit speed was 100.6 mph and the hit probability was 84 percent.
"The kids played great, but tonight was the best night of the season (in Verdugo) when it came to the quality of the turn at bat," his manager said.
He was 1 to 3 on Saturday. In the first two games of the series, he recorded 3 to 8 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 4 RBIs.
Verdugo hit .375 (23-8) in 6 consecutive hits.
His teammate Rafael Devers must love the batter in the progressive field. In his last seven games in Cleveland, he hit .483 (15-31) with eight extra-base hits and seven RBIs.
"They will get in touch," Francona said. "They put the ball into play. They won't beat it.
" They're just a handful. "
He also said that Coke is one of the top baseball managers. He said he believed that.
"He's a really nice person," Francona said. "I have great respect for him as a manager and as a friend."
Boston has won six straight games and the last 22 games have won 18 games.
Guardians third baseman Hosera Milles has finished 13 batters. Saturday. He was 0-3 on his 63rd RBI this season.
Cleveland scored just six hits against rookie right-handed Josh Winkovsky (3-1, 3.60). The only long hit was the third Amedrosario Lanscore Triple. His five triples are tied to a major league lead. In June, Rosario was a successful hit in 19 of 21 games with a batting average of .352 (32-of-91).
Myles Straw continued the slump on a 0-4 night. His batting average plummeted to .201.
Francona said he would continue to play straws because of his skill in the center field.
"It was a frustrating month for him to swing his bat," he said. "He's very good in the outfield. He's back in place (on the plate)."
– Field-level media