Arraez drives in two, Marlins beat Guardians in DH opener

CLEVELAND (AP) — Luis Arraez had a two-run single and Bryan De La Cruz hit a solo homer, sending the Miami Marlins to a 6-1 victory over the Cleveland Guardians within the first sport of a doubleheader Saturday.

Shane Bieber (1-1) matched his profession excessive with 4 walks and allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings, together with De La Cruz’s homer run to proper within the sixth. It was the 2020 AL Cy Younger Award winner’s shortest begin this season.

Reigning NL Cy Younger winner Sandy Alcantara was scratched in what the Marlins termed “very gentle” biceps tendinitis.

Serving to spoil Cleveland supervisor Terry Francona’s sixty fourth birthday, Andrew Nardi (2-1) retired all 4 batters he confronted in aid of spot starter Devin Smeltzer,

Smeltzer gave up one run in 4 innings, and Huascar Brazoban, Matt Barnes and Steven Okert completed a four-hitter.

Arraez drove in Jon Berti and Jorge Soler within the seventh, when Miami scored 3 times off Nick Sandlin and Tim Herrin to increase its result in 6-1. Arraez went 1 for 4 and is hitting a serious league-best .426 as he seeks a second straight massive league batting title.

Miami went forward within the second on Yuli Gurriel’s RBI single and Jacob Stallings’s run-scoring grounder. Josh Bell doubled in Amed Rosario within the fourth.

Passing showers delayed the primary pitch by 1 hour, 50 minutes. The collection opener Friday was rained out and rescheduled as a part of a doubleheader.

EIGHT IS ENOUGH

Guardians 1B Josh Naylor, who had batted fourth or fifth all season, was dropped to eighth within the order and went 1 for 3. Naylor was 3 for 42 over his earlier 12 video games, solely recording successful in 5 of his 15 begins in 2023.

“I instructed him, I believe a whole lot of it’s psychological,” Francona stated. “He simply tries to do an excessive amount of or generally will get a little bit lengthy and tries to hit it far.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: Alcantara just isn’t anticipated to be positioned on the injured record and is slated to pitch in Miami’s collection in Atlanta that begins Monday. He’s 1-2 with a 5.84 ERA in 4 begins.

UP NEXT

Guardians RHP Zach Plesac (1-0, 6.92 ERA) makes his preliminary profession look in opposition to Miami within the nightcap, dealing with Marlins LHP Braxton Garrett (0-0, 3.38 ERA).

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