LOS ANGELES – – Andrés Giménez hit the go-ahead run with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Oscar Gonzalez hit his first major league homer and scored the winning run, and the Cleveland Guardians rallied for a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.
The rising Guardians have taken two out of three from the Dodgers and won 15 of their last 19. They were 7 1/2 games behind AL Central leader Minnesota on May 29 but won’t start a three-game streak against the Twins until Tuesday game behind them.
Cleveland was missing AL RBI leader José Ramírez for the second straight game due to right thumb problems.
Shane Bieber, who grew up an hour south of Dodger Stadium in Orange County, hit nine in 6 1/3 innings. The Guardians are unbeaten in their last 11 games when the right-hander is on the mound.
Eli Morgan (3-2) clinched the win and Emmanuel Clase knocked out the Dodgers in ninth straight for his 15th save.
Freddie Freeman hit a homer and Trea Turner extended his hitting streak to 12 games for the Dodgers. Andrew Heaney, making his first start in two months, went five innings.
Gonzalez pulled a walk from Craig Kimbrel (0-3) with an out in the ninth before Josh Naylor hit a high fly ball down the right field line for a double. Steven Kwan was run on purpose to load the bases before Gimenez scored at center while the Los Angeles infield was in.
Ernie Clement, who had two hits, added an insurance run with a sacrificial fly to score Naylor.
Cleveland took an early 1-0 lead before the Dodgers tied it in the second through an RBI double from Gavin Lux. Freeman led the third with a solo right shot for his seventh homer of the season.
Gonzalez equalized it by 2 in the sixth when he linked up on a low slider from Heaney and put it over the left-center fence. Gonzalez has scored in 18 of 22 games since making his major league debut on May 26.
The Dodgers regained a 3-2 lead in the seventh game after Eddy Alvarez came home when second baseman initially threw Giménez well over the pocket on Turner’s infield single.
Cleveland rallied to tie it in eighth with Richie Palacios’ double on the right field line.
Heaney, who missed two months with a left shoulder ailment, allowed two carries (one earned) and five hits with seven strikeouts and a walk in more than five innings. His 77-pitch day ended in sixth place after Gonzalez’s home run and a walk to Naylor.
Bieber allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. It’s the seventh time in 13 starts this season that Bieber has worked his way into the seventh inning.
Cleveland got his run in the second inning mostly from Alvarez’s outfield inexperience.
The Dodgers right fielder had a routine flyball hit by Oscar Mercado pop out of his glove to lead the second for a two-base error. Two batters later, Alvarez made a bad read on Clement’s ball and it fell in front of him for a single.
Austin Hedges followed with a sacrifice fly to bring Mercado and give Cleveland a 1-0 lead.
Alvarez was in right field after Mookie Betts was put on the injured list with a fractured right rib. On Sunday, Alvarez had only played seven innings in the outfield at the major league level. He came through the White Sox and Marlins organizations as an infielder before signing with the Dodgers this year.
Guard: OF/DH Franmil Reyes (right hamstring) has completed rehab with Triple-A Columbus and is expected to join the Minnesota team for the upcoming series.
Guardians: Head to Minnesota for three games starting Tuesday.
Dodgers: Start a nine-game road trip in Cincinnati on Tuesday with RHP Tony Gonsolin (8-0, 1.42 ERA) on the mound.