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Owen Miller of the Cleveland Guardians’s High-fives after hitting a home singles during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Wednesday, April 13, 2022. The Guardians win 7-3. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

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Cincinnati – Jose Ramirez scored twice, doubled and led in three games, Owen Miller netted two at home and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 on Wednesday for their fourth straight win.

Novice Stephen Kwan went 0 for 4, but drew a rule-laden walk in the second half that put Cleveland ahead to stay as he completed a two-game sweep.

“That’s why it’s the second blow,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “We think he’s a very good hitter.”

Kwan is 10 for 19 and has reached the base in 19 of his 29 matches since his debut in the league on opening day. The 24-year-old has seen 128 pitches this season and taken 42 flips without error before he could check his swing 2-1 in the fourth inning from Nick Ludlow, who made his league debut.

A day after achieving a Grand Slam with six RBIs, Ramirez got away with it again. Miller produced his first multiplayer game, and Oscar Mercado himself also introduced Miles Straw to a career high by four strokes.

“I think it’s just to get comfortable and understand what the shooters are trying to do,” Miller said. “He’s that next guy. That’s a good environment. It’s fun to see.”

The Guardians scored 44 points during their winning streak having only produced once in 19 combined rounds while losing their first two games of the season.

Ramirez went the other way with a two-line lead into the right center field.

“You are rewarded here when you go the other way,” Francona said. “I like to see men being rewarded.”

Left Kwan took four consecutive balls with the bases loaded to give Cleveland a 1-0 lead per second. It was the third time she had walked three times in a row by the left-handed Ludlow, who also hit two hitters in the inning.

Ludulu (0-1), the seventh overall pick in the 2019 draft, allowed seven strokes, five runs in three walks, and four strokes in four runs.

Cleveland rookie Triston Mackenzie hit the ball with three strokes for four rounds. Hit six and did not walk.

Eli Morgan (1-0) is comfortable, losing one game and hitting one in three.

STRANGLEHOLD

The win secured the Guardians a four-game series draw with their in-state rivals, allowing them to retain the Ohio Cup for the eighth consecutive season.

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Keepers Kyle Farmer cut two goals for Brandon Drury to end the second half. Straw played the ball off the center field wall on a single jump and threw it up Amed Rosario, whose move to catcher Austin Hedges was just in time to catch Farmer slipping over his head.

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Ludlow had to wait an additional 43 minutes to make his debut. The start of the match was delayed due to rain.

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The catch of Reds quarterback Jake Fraley, a sunken Franmel Reyes liner dive with loaded bases, prevented further damage against Ludulu in the second half.

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Guardians: Ludulo Ramirez hit with his left foot with the bases loaded in the second half.

Reds: LF Tommy Pham did not start after injuring his left hand in a collision with quarterback Nick Selson on Tuesday. Manager David Bale said before the match that the X-rays were negative, but that Pham was due to undergo additional tests. …RHP Lucas Sims (back cramps) started and came down once in his first rehab debut with Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.

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Guardians RHP Zach Plesac (0-0, 0.00) is set to start Friday for the second time in 2022 in the Cleveland opener against the Giants.

The Reds announced after Wednesday’s game that RHP Luis Cessa (0-0) will start in place of LHP Reiver Sanmartin (0-1, 19.29) on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. The reason for the switch was not immediately announced.

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