Bo Naylor's sac fly in 9th sends AL Central-leading Guardians to 7-6 win over lowly White Sox

Pinch-hitter Bo Naylor delivered a sacrifice fly to center field with one out in the ninth inning, sending the Cleveland Guardians to a 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

Andrés Giménez opened the ninth with a single off Michael Kopech (2-7), went to second on a groundout to first and took third on a wild pitch by the right-hander.

Naylor, who has bumped his average over .200 by hitting .304 in his last 15 games, then lifted a 3-2 pitch deep enough to score Giménez without a throw from center fielder Luis Robert Jr.

Rookie Daniel Schneemann and Tyler Freeman hit two-run homers for the Guardians, who won their seventh straight at Progressive Field and improved MLB’s best home record to 27-9.

They also evened their record this season to 4-4 against the lowly White Sox, who have the majors’ worst record (24-63).

Cleveland closer Emmanuel Clase (4-1) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, helped by a diving catch from Freeman in center.

Robert hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs for Chicago. Andrew Vaughn also homered for the White Sox.

Down 6-3, the White Sox tied it in the seventh on an RBI double by Lenyn Sosa and Robert's two-run single, which came moments after Chicago manager Pedro Grifol was tossed.

Pinch-hitter Tommy Pham was angry at a called third strike, and Grifol fought for him before getting tossed by plate umpire Emil Jimenez.

Batting leadoff for just the second time this season, Robert tied it 3-all in the sixth with his homer.

Vaughn gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the first inning with his 11th homer, a 417-foot shot into the bleachers in left-center.

Chicago nearly scored again in the second, but second baseman Giménez made a strong relay throw to the plate to get Paul DeJong trying to score from first on Sosa's two-out double.


A die-hard Golden State fan, Guardians manager Stephen Vogt was sad that Klay Thompson left the team as a free agent after 11 seasons.

"It’s going to be weird not seeing Klay in a Warriors uniform," Vogt said. "My son cried a little bit. He’s got a Klay Thompson jersey he wears about three days a week to school."


Grifol was shocked to learn Tim Anderson, an AL batting champion with Chicago in 2019, was designated for assignment by Miami.

The 31-year-old batted just .214 in 65 games for the Marlins.

"I believe in Timmy," Grifol said. "I believe in the kid. I believe in the heart. I believe in the talent, and I hope he gets an opportunity to get back out there and play the game I know he really loves."

Anderson was twice an All-Star in eight seasons with Chicago, which declined a $14 million option on him in the off-season.


Guardians RHP Gavin Williams makes his season debut after being sidelined with an elbow injury. He'll face White Sox RHP Erick Fedde (5-3, 3.23), who has been mentioned in numerous trade rumors ahead of the June 30 deadline.


How baseball in southern Utah shaped Ky Bush and Drew Thorpe into two of the White Sox's top prospects

The common denominator that links Ky Bush and Drew Thorpe is how both began their baseball careers in southern Utah. This is how it shaped two of the White Sox best prospects.