Giménez hits slam, Naylor homers as Guardians beat A’s 9-8

Apr 29, 2022, 10:19 AM | Updated: 11:07 pm
Cleveland Guardians' Andres Gimenez (0) hits a grand slam against the Oakland Athletics during the ...

Cleveland Guardians' Andres Gimenez (0) hits a grand slam against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, April 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

(AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Andrés Giménez hit his first career grand slam, Josh Naylor’s two-run home run capped a four-run seventh inning and the Cleveland Guardians rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 9-8 Friday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak.

Naylor’s home run off Domingo Acevedo (0-1) came after the Guardians opened the seventh with three consecutive doubles, including José Ramírez’s two-run hit.

“Things didn’t go our way a lot of the game, but they kept at it, and that’s good,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “You don’t want to fall into that rut where something goes wrong and oh no, here we go again.”

Ramírez also homered in his 1,000th career game with Cleveland, which won for the first time since completing a sweep of the Chicago White Sox on April 21.

Sheldon Neuse had three hits and three RBIs for Oakland. Sean Murphy added a three-run homer as the A’s failed to hold leads of 4-1 and 8-5 in a game in which ace Frankie Montas struggled.

Montas allowed five runs in five innings and walked four — matching the total from his first four starts this season.

“Frankie battled himself a little bit tonight,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “Didn’t have his best command and went away from his two-seamer. Made a mistake over the middle and they capitalized.”

Trevor Stephan (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Emmanuel Clase overcame Kevin Smith’s leadoff double in the ninth and picked up his third save.

Giménez and Myles Straw each had three hits for Cleveland.

“We kind of got knocked down, we took the lead then we got hit in the mouth back,” Stephan said. “For the bats to keep us in there when the pitching struggled a little bit, it was just a good team win.”

Murphy’s three-run home run off Guardians starter Aaron Civale in the first snapped a 2-for-19 slump for the A’s catcher.

Civale struggled through another rough outing, allowing six runs in four innings. The right-hander has given up 15 earned runs over his last 11 innings — a 12.27 ERA in that span.

Giménez crushed a 3-2 pitch from Montas in the third inning after the A’s pitcher gave up a leadoff single and back-to-back walks. The grand slam earned a Guardians fan a new vehicle as part of a promotion in Cleveland.

“I’m really happy for her,” Giménez said through an interpreter. “That was kind of a momentum changer for us. I got more excited about that than the fact that it was a grand slam.”


A’s center fielder Christian Pache was presented with a minor league Gold Glove by Kotsay before the game for his work last season. Part of the trade that sent Matt Olson to Atlanta in March, Pache has made several spectacular catches for Oakland this season and likely will remain the starter there when Ramón Laureano returns from his MLB suspension in May.


Former A’s catcher and longtime broadcaster Ray Fosse, who passed away in October, was honored during a pregame ceremony when the team unveiled a large, yellow RAY logo with a microphone on the outfield wall in left-center field.


Athletics: 2B Tony Kemp left in the seventh, one inning after getting hit by a pitch. Kevin Smith, activated off the 10-day injured list before the game, replaced Kemp. … 1B Mickey McDonald was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas and RHP Ryan Castellani was returned to Las Vegas.


Athletics LHP Cole Irvin (2-1, 3.32 ERA) faces Cleveland for the first time since 2019 when he pitched as a reliever. RHP Shane Bieber (0-2, 3.71 ERA) goes for the Guardians. The 2020 AL Cy Young winner is coming off his longest outing of the season, when he lasted 6 1/3 innings against the Angels.


More AP MLB: and

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Bump & Stacy Show


A fan holds a happy birthday sign as Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani signs autographs before the ...
Associated Press

LEADING OFF: Ohtani excelling on mound, Javier an Astros ace

A look at what’s happening around the majors on Wednesday: ___ SHO AND TELL Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani takes a scoreless streak of 21 2/3 innings to the mound when he starts at Miami. Ohtani (7-4, 2.63 ERA) has won four straight starts, allowing just one run in that span. He’s struck out 101 […]
17 hours ago
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Logan Gilbert works against a San Diego Padres batter during the ...
Associated Press

Gilbert wins 10th, surging Mariners sweep sliding Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Logan Gilbert earned his 10th win to tie for the major league lead, Sam Haggerty hit his first home run in over two months and the Seattle Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 on Tuesday. The Mariners, who have won 12 of their last 15 games, swept the two-game set […]
17 hours ago
Tunisia's Ons Jabeur returns from between her legs to Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic in a wom...
Associated Press

Ons Jabeur makes more history for Arab women at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — To the many “firsts” filling Ons Jabeur’s résumé, add a new one: First Arab woman to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam tournament. The third-seeded Tunisian improved on last year’s quarterfinal run at Wimbledon by doing one better on Tuesday at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament. She beat Marie Bouzkova […]
17 hours ago
Pato O'Ward leads the field at the drop of the green flag during an IndyCar auto race at Mid-Ohio S...
Associated Press

Michael Andretti calls Mid-Ohio team actions unacceptable

Michael Andretti acknowledged Tuesday that the meltdown of his IndyCar team at Mid-Ohio was unacceptable and said his four drivers will be expected to work together as teammates the remainder of the season. Andretti led an emergency meeting after Sunday’s race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where a fracture in the Andretti Autosport lineup was […]
17 hours ago
FILE - Canada's Connor Bedard (16) scores on Russia goalie Yegor Guskov (29) during the third perio...
Associated Press

NHL Draft: Teams weigh risks of selecting Russian prospects

The war in Ukraine has added an increasing level of uncertainty for NHL teams interested in drafting Russia-born prospects because of questions regarding their availability to play in North America. While no team has openly stated it would avoid selecting Russians altogether in the two-day draft in Montreal that opens Thursday, there is the potential […]
17 hours ago
Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper, center, reacts towards San Diego Padres pitcher Blake Snell af...
Associated Press

Phils’ Harper vows to play this year, but no date for return

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper has three pins in his left thumb, a cast on his left hand and an unyielding belief that he will return from injury this season to try and lead the Phillies to their first playoff appearance in 11 years. “I’ll be back,” Harper said. With those three words, Harper injected […]
17 hours ago
Giménez hits slam, Naylor homers as Guardians beat A’s 9-8