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Rockies outslugged by Guardians, 13-7, amid rough outings from pitchers Ryan Feltner and Matt Carasiti

Kyle Newman, The Denver Post on

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Guardians star Jose Ramirez did heavy lifting at the plate on Tuesday. So when he got the chance to be a passenger on the game-changing homer, he stopped short of rounding third, turned to watch the ball fly over the wall, and held up his hands in joy.

Ramirez finished with a homer, a double, two walks, two RBIs and four runs scored in Cleveland’s 13-7 triumph that took the shine off Colorado’s recent momentum over the past three weeks.

The Rockies’ loss, started by an opening homer from Ramirez and underscored by a two-homer night from Josh Naylor, was punctuated by rough performances by both starter Ryan Feltner and the bullpen on a beautiful night at Coors Field.

“With Ryan, we’ve got to get him to consistently get the ball down,” manager Bud Black said. “There’s just too many balls pitch-to-pitch that are elevated.”

Feltner allowed seven runs (six earned) over four-plus innings, while right-hander Matt Carasiti gave up the no-doubter to David Fry on a hanging 0-2 forkball that also scored Ramirez and Naylor.

“That was a really good at-bat by Fry,” Black said. “… With the way Fry has been swinging, homer.”

 

Fry’s swing in the seventh was the turning point in a game that see-sawed for several innings before Guardians were able to take temporary control in the fifth, chasing Feltner from the mound in the process.

Cleveland struck first via Ramirez’s two-run homer to right-center in the opening inning. But the struggling Kris Bryant responded in the third, mashing a two-out, two-run dinger 428 feet to left off right-hander Triston McKenzie.

The back-and-forth continued into the middle innings.

Each team plated a pair of runs in the fourth to make it 4-4, first the Guardians by using a pair of sacrifice flies with the bases loaded. Cleveland’s hitting that inning was jump-started by Bryant’s error on a grounder down the first-base line, a gaff that turned the goodwill from his homer into a chorus of boos.

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