DENVER — José Ramírez doubled with an extra base hit in his eighth straight game, and the Cleveland Guardians posted a season-high with their fourth straight win, beating the sloppy Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Thursday.
Ramírez hit a grounder on opposite field who hugged the third baseline against an over-the-top shift in the first inning. He is the first major league player with extra base hits in eight consecutive games since Cincinnati’s Joey Votto in 2020.
Amed Rosario extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI single to cap a three-run third inning. He’s 18-for-42 (.429) during his batting chain and was 6-for-13 with three extra-base hits in the three-game streak at Coors Field.
Triston McKenzie (4-5) gave up a run in six innings. He worked about seven hits, hitting six and walking one.
Emmanuel Clase gave up two singles to start the ninth before scoring his third save of the series. All three came up with game-ending doubles.
Brian Serven, who tripled, and Connor Joe each had a career-high four hits for Colorado, which has lost 10-of-14.
The Rockies have had two errors that resulted in unearned runs in the second and seventh innings and have made at least one error in their last 13 home games, the longest streak in franchise history. Colorado has made a top league high with 54 errors.
Chad Kuhl (4-4) gave up two earned runs in five innings.
PER BOWL QBs TAKE BP
Former and current Denver Broncos quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson completed pre-game hitting practice while filming a segment of “Peyton’s Places” for ESPN+.
Wilson, who was selected by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft and played two seasons in their minor league system, hit multiple balls over the left field fence.
“It’s a real swing,” said Colorado manager Bud Black. “It’s a real athlete. A lot of scouts thought he was going up to the major leagues.”
The pair was selected to 23 Pro Bowls, 14 for Manning.
BRYANT BEATS ON THE FIELD
Colorado outfielder Kris Bryant hit off a pitching machine during an extended pregame batting practice, his third batting session this week.
“He’s very close to a rehab…closer than you think,” Black said.
Bryant was placed on the injured list for the second time this season on May 25 after previously missing 3 1/2 weeks with a back problem. This rehab deployment will likely last longer than his first, which lasted two days, Black said.
Bryant hits .270 with no home runs and four RBI in 17 games after signing a seven-year, $164 million free agent deal on March 18.
Guard: DH/OF Franmil Reyes (hamstrings) was 3 for 4 with a homer in two runs as DH at Triple-A Columbus on Thursday in the second game of his rehab stint. Reyes could play outfield at Columbus this weekend, Guardians manager Terry Francona has said. … After throwing 76 pitches in a rehab game in Columbus on Wednesday, RHP Aaron Civale (Glute) is on track to rejoin the team during the three-game streak in Minnesota that begins Tuesday.
Rockies: INF/OF Garrett Hampson was dropped from the starting lineup after being placed on the COVID-19 protocol following a morning test. “We shut down games a few years ago,” Black said. “I think we’re figuring out how to stay as safe as possible.” …INF/OF Sean Bouchard was called back from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill the roster spot.
Guardians: RHP Zach Plesac (2-4, 4.70 ERA) meets Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.12) in Friday’s opening game of a three-game series to complete the Guardians’ six-game interleague outing.
Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (2-5, 4.39 ERA) takes on San Diego LHP MacKenzie Gore (4-2, 2.50) to start a three-game streak at Coors Field on Friday. Freeland defeated Gore 6-2 in the second game of a doubleheader in San Diego last Saturday.