ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — José Ramirez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth, Shane Bieber struck out eight in seven innings and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1.
Ramirez’s 21st homer, a drive off Jeffrey Springs (3-3), gave Cleveland a 3-1 lead.
Ramirez added a two-out RBI single in the eighth after Steven Kwan’s third single.
Bieber won for the second time in nine starts since June 3 after needing 26 pitches in the first, when Ji-Man Choi hit a run-scoring single.
The Rays stranded the bases loaded when Christian Bethancourt struck out.