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José Ramírez hits a home run for the second game in a row, Guardians beat Angels 4-3 and extend their winning streak to 8

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — José Ramírez hit a home run for the second straight game and the Cleveland Guardians extended their winning streak to eight by defeating the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Saturday night.

It is Cleveland's longest winning streak since its AL-record 22 games in 2017, and the first time since 2001 that the team has won eight consecutive games in May.

Unfortunately, that hasn't translated into a big lead in the AL Central. The Guardians remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Kansas City, which has also won eight games in a row.

Ramírez's two-run drive in the fourth inning against José Soriano (2-5) extended the Guardians' lead to 4-0. It was his third of the weekend series and his sixth in eight games. He ranks fourth in the major leagues with 15 home runs and has the most RBIs in MLB with 51 RBIs.

“José, I mean, he just does what he does,” said Cleveland manager Stephen Vogt. “That pitcher is hard to get to, and the fact that we scored four straight points was the game.”

Bibee (3-1), who grew up 20 miles from Angel Stadium in Mission Viejo, picked up his first win since April 21 after going 0-1 in his previous five starts. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits and struck out six times in six innings.

Emmanuel Clase allowed a leadoff base hit but struck out the remaining three batters in the ninth inning, earning them his 16th save.

The Angels fell to 6-18 at home despite Taylor Ward's three-run home run in the fourth inning. Soriano, who threw six scoreless innings in a 6-0 win at Cleveland on May 3, struck out eight players in six innings but allowed four runs on four hits.

“We had all sorts of opportunities to capitalize, but we were missing the big shot,” said manager Ron Washington.

The Halos had their chances to tie the game, but made crucial errors on the basepaths. They were caught stealing twice by Cleveland catcher Bo Naylor and Luis Rengifo was thrown out by Guardians' left fielder Estevan Florial as he tried to turn a base hit into a double.

“Those plays were great. Anytime the defense supports me like that, it gets me fired up,” said Bibee, who had 50 friends and family members at The Big A.

Cleveland led 2-0 on Tyler Freeman's RBI base hit and Brayan Rocchio's wild pitch when Ramírez hit a full-count knuckle curve just over the short fence in the right field corner for a two-run shot.

It was Ramírez's 10th home run of May, ranking him second in the majors.

“I have to stop this guy from swinging the bat when runners are in scoring position because he's an RBI machine. Tomorrow I'm not going to let him swing when runners are in scoring position,” Washington said.

The Angels answered with three in the third inning. Kyren Paris worked a walk and Rengifo hit a double to left when Ward hit Bibee's fastball for his team-leading 13th home run of the season.

TRAINING ROOM

Guardians: OF Steven Kwan (left hamstring strain) hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning for Single-A Lake County in Saturday's game against West Michigan. Kwan played six innings in right field and was 1-for-3 with three RBIs. He is expected to be the designated hitter for Lake County on Sunday.

Angels: OF Mike Trout (left knee) is using an exercise bike and elliptical trainer, but there is no timetable for when he can resume baseball activities.

NEXT

Cleveland's RHP Ben Lively (3-2, 2.84 ERA), who was mistakenly called Blake Lively by Mets commentator Gary Cohen last week and whose moment went viral, will take the mound for the series finale. LHP Reid Detmers (3-4, 5.80) goes for Los Angeles.

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