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Ramirez goes yard again, Angels continue to struggle at home

Jose Ramirez continues his hot streak, smashing his third home run of the series to lead the Guardians to a 4-3 victory over the Angels.

ANAHEIM, Calif.– Right-hander Jose Soriano pitched six innings but couldn’t prevent Jose Ramirez from hitting his third home run of the series as the Guardians defeated the Angels 4-3 on Saturday at Angel Stadium.

The Guardians scored four runs in the top of the third inning, while the Angels continued to compete without giving up.

Taylor Ward smashed a three-run homer to left field off Bibee for his 11th of the season and went 1-for-4 during the game.

Soriano couldn’t maintain control for long as his sinker was off on Saturday night.

Here are three takeaways:

Tough third inning for Soriano

Soriano had an outstanding performance in Texas last Sunday, pitching 7 2/3 innings to secure the win. On Saturday, he struggled to contain the Guardians’ batters.

Tyler Freeman went 1 for 4 and hit an RBI single to score the first run of the game in the third inning.

The 31-year-old Jose Ramirez, from the Dominican Republic, hit his team-leading 15th home run of the season. Ramirez has hit 10 home runs since May 5 and has only struck out eight times during that stretch.

While Soriano struggled to control his sinking fastball, he threw a wild pitch that allowed the second run of the game to score.

Washington stated after the game that he thought it was a check swing, which should’ve been a strikeout. However, the umpire said no, which ultimately led to the Ramirez three-run bomb.

He completed the night by pitching six innings, conceding four hits and four runs while walking only one. Soriano had eight strikeouts on the night. He threw 62 strikes out of his total of 91 pitches.

Soriano suffered his fifth loss of the season (2-5). The Angels have a 7-22 record when their opponent scores first.

Bibee comes home for the win

Right-handed pitcher Tanner Bibee, a local product from Mission Viejo, made his second career start at Angel Stadium on Saturday.

Bieber started his 11th game of the season and achieved his 203rd career strikeout. He is the ninth pitcher in Cleveland history to reach 200 strikeouts in 36 or fewer starts.

He limited his opposing hitters to a .200 average with one home run and three RBIs the first time through the order this season.

The Guardians came into Saturday’s game on a seven-game winning streak and have now won 10 out of their last 11 games. Bibee secured his first win since April 21.

When Cleveland scores first, they become unstoppable, boasting a 24-4 record this season when scoring first, and a 30-4 record when scoring four plus runs in a game.

Angels struggles continue at home

While the Angels have a .500 record on the road this season (14-14), they are performing poorly at home (6-18).

During his pregame meeting, Angels manager Ron Washington expressed concerns about the team’s struggles at home.

“You should be able to play good baseball, no matter where you are,” Washington said. ” I don’t know. I think if you guys want to get those answers, you’re going to have to start interviewing those players.”

In the fourth and fifth innings, the Halos had opportunities to score but left runners in scoring position both times. Bibee ended the fifth inning by striking out Willie Calhoun, who went 0-for-4, leaving another runner on third for the second consecutive inning.

Jo Adell went 0-for-4 in a 4-3 loss to the Guardians.

The Angels tallied eight hits in total on the night, with Zach Neto going 2-for-4 in his return to the starting lineup.

Cleveland’s Ben Lively (3-2, 2.84 ERA) will face off against Reid Detmers (3-4, 5.80 ERA) on Sunday afternoon for the final game of the series before the New York Yankees visit on Tuesday.