Game Recap 5/14/24 | Guardians Beat The Rangers 7-4

May 14, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Things Around The Game

1 – Six run 2nd!

The key inning was the second, with Bo Naylor starting the run parade with a two-run double. Later in the inning, Andres Gimenez had an RBI single to make it 3-0, and Josh Naylor’s three-run home run completed the inning for the Guards.

2 – Collision 

There was a nasty collision in the top of the fifth as center fielder Tyler Freeman and Brayan Rocchio went after a flyball. Rocchio went full steam into Freeman as he came down with the ball. Both players were on the ground for a few minutes but stayed in the game and appeared to be okay. 

3 – Clase in session 

Emmanuel Clase earned his 12th save on the season without giving up a run.  So far in the month of May, Clase has not given up a run or a hit. 

Game Summary

Josh Naylor delivered a three-run homer, while Bo Naylor contributed with a two-run double as the Cleveland Guardians, leading the AL Central, secured a 7-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. This defeat marked the reigning World Series champions’ fifth consecutive loss this season.

The pivotal hits by the Naylor brothers occurred during a six-run surge in the second inning for the Guardians. Older sibling Josh’s 12th homer, with two outs, propelled them to a 6-0 lead and sent top pitching prospect Jack Leiter (0-1) to the dugout.

Adolis García, Corey Seager, and Nathaniel Lowe each notched solo homers for the Rangers (22-22).

Ben Lively (2-2) showcased his prowess on the mound, tallying five strikeouts and three walks over five innings, with the lone runs conceded being the result of those homers. Lively had only surrendered two long balls over 27 1/3 innings in his initial five starts of the season.

Emmanuel Clase sealed the deal in the ninth inning, securing his 12th save in 14 opportunities.

A tense moment unfolded in the fifth inning when Guardians’ shortstop Brayan Rocchio and center fielder Tyler Freeman collided heavily while chasing a fly ball, both remaining down for several minutes. Despite the collision, both players stayed in the game after a thorough assessment by the athletic trainers.

Leiter (0-1, 16.39 ERA) made his third big league start, his first at home, after being called up from Triple-A Round Rock. The highly touted prospect, son of former MLB player Al Leiter and the second overall pick in the 2021 draft struggled, conceding three hits, walking three, and hitting two batters.

García’s homer in the second inning, his ninth of the season but first in 15 games, broke Texas’ streak of 18 consecutive scoreless innings. This victory for Cleveland followed a 7-0 win on Monday and a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Colorado, completing a three-game sweep for the Rockies.


With victories in the first two games, Cleveland secured the series, bolstering their record to 11-1-1 in series against the Rangers since 2017. Under the guidance of new manager Stephen Vogt, the Guardians have clinched 10 of their 14 series this season.


A matchup of 6-foot-4 right-handers for the series finale Wednesday. Carlos Carrasco (2-3, 5.36 ERA) is set to pitch for the Guardians, who play the last of 16 games in 16 days. Jon Gray (1-1, 2.36) is the scheduled starter for the Rangers.


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