Tyler Freeman’s go-ahead two-run single in the sixth sends Guardians past Giants 3-1

Tyler Freeman hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth moments after San Francisco starter Sean Manaea exited with the bases loaded, and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Giants 3-1

ByJANIE MCCAULEY AP baseball writer

September 13, 2023, 12:11 AM

San Francisco Giants’ Blake Sabol celebrates as he runs the bases on a solo home run against the Cleveland Guardians during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

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SAN FRANCISCO — Tyler Freeman hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth moments after San Francisco starter Sean Manaea exited with the bases loaded, and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Giants 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Right-hander Cal Quantrill (3-6), the former Stanford pitcher who sat out a month earlier this season due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder, allowed one run on five hits over six innings to win for the first time in nine starts since beating Minnesota on May 7.

Cleveland closer Emmanuel Clase reached 40 saves for a second straight season, getting a huge catch from center fielder Myles Straw on the wall to steal an extra-base hit from Blake Sabol.

After giving up the run in the first, Manaea retired 15 straight batters before a one-out single in the sixth by José Ramírez. Josh Naylor reached on a groundout then Manaea hit David Fry with a pitch before Kole Calhoun got aboard on first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr.’s fielding error. Manaea left to a standing ovation, acknowledged the crowd with a tip of his cap then Ryan Walker relieved and surrendered the hit to Freeman.

Manaea (5-6) returned to the rotation following a nearly four-month stint pitching out of the bullpen. He struck out five and walked two pitching into the sixth in his first start since May 10 against Washington, having previously been unbeaten in five career games against Cleveland.

Sabol had tied the game with a home run in the fifth for San Francisco. Giants third baseman Wilmer Flores took a foul tip off his left inner foot in the first but stayed in the game.

San Francisco had won four in a row following a six-game losing streak and a win in Wednesday afternoon’s series finale would give them consecutive series victories for the first time since winning three straight series at home from July 25-Aug. 3 against Oakland, Boston and Arizona.


GUARDIANS: OF Ramón Laureano was out of the Guardians lineup for a third straight game nursing the jammed thumb on his glove hand he hurt on the RF wall on Saturday. He’s hopeful of playing Wednesday and took swings in the cage. … Ace Shane Bieber (right elbow inflammation) threw 50 pitches, 32 strikes, with four strikeouts and a walk over 3 2/3 hitless innings in a rehab start for Double-A Akron. … RHP Triston McKenzie, recovering from a sprained elbow on his pitching arm, is scheduled to pitch for Akron on Wednesday.

Giants: INF J.D. Davis was out of the lineup after exiting with lower back tightness in the seventh inning Monday. … C Patrick Bailey is expected to return Wednesday from a concussion.


Rookie LHP Logan Allen (7-7, 3.68 ERA) pitches the series finale for Cleveland trying to win back-to-back starts for the first time since May 29 and June 3, while the Giants send rookie LHP Kyle Harrison (1-1, 4.87) to the mound for his fifth career start.


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