Sep 25, 2022
Cleveland Guardians’ Andres Gimenez, left, and Will Brennan (63) celebrate after Gimenez hit a solo home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cal Quantrill won his career-best 10th consecutive decision, rookie Oscar Gonzalez hit two home runs and the Cleveland Guardians moved closer to clinching the AL Central, beating the Texas Rangers 4-2 on Saturday night.
The Guardians won for the 17th time in 20 games. They began the day with a magic number of three for winning the division.
Quantrill (14-6) hasn’t lost in 15 starts dating to July 5 while recording a career high in wins. He allowed one run, a solo homer to Marcus Semien in the third inning. He struck out four and walked three.
Quantrill’s winning streak is the longest active string in the major leagues. It’s the longest by a Cleveland pitcher since Mike Clevinger ran off 10 consecutive wins in 2019.
Both of Gonzalez’s homers were leadoff shots, in the fifth and ninth innings, giving him 11. It was his second multi-homer game of the season.
Andres Gimenez also hit a solo homer, in the seventh off Brock Burke (7-4) to give Quantrill a 2-1 lead.
Emmanuel Clase earned his major-league-best 39th save in 43 opportunities despite giving up a solo homer to rookie Sam Huff in the ninth.
The Guardians are 61-3 when leading after seven innings.
Amed Rosario drove home Myles Straw with Cleveland’s third run in the eighth with a ground-rule double to right-center into the home bullpen.
Texas starter Glenn Otto gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings, two outs short of equaling the most innings pitched in his two-year big-league career.
Otto walked the game’s first hitter, Steven Kwan, on four pitches, then retired the next 12 batters before giving up Gonzalez’s homer leading off the fifth inning.
In the sixth, Rosario’s major league-best ninth triple to the base of the right-field wall came with one out. Otto struck out Jose Ramirez, and Burke came on and retired left-handed hitting Josh Naylor on a grounder.
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