Bieber dominates, Ramírez homers as Cleveland takes game one of wild-card series
Rays center fielder José Siri got the scoring started with a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning. Siri, acquired from Houston in a three-way trade that cost the Rays two pitching prospects – Jayden Murray to the Astros and Seth Johnson to the Orioles – hit just .241 with four home runs for the Rays after the deadline, but he did also hit a homer off Bieber when the two teams played on September 28.
The Guardians responded in the bottom of the inning when José Ramírez took Shane McClanahan deep for a two-run shot. Earlier in the at-bat, the Cleveland crowd had started a (weak) M-V-P! chant, but let’s be honest, that honor is going to Aaron Judge. In a moment of excitement, following an appeal at second base, the Rays used a highly unusual challenge to review whether Amed Rosario had touched second base. The replay crew in New York confirmed the call and that was all the scoring the Guardians needed.