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Guardians’ home winning streak comes to an end Sunday

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Joey Meneses’ two-run double keyed a four-run second inning and Jake Irvin pitched six strong innings to lead the Washington Nationals to a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday.

Meneses’ double to deep center field opened the scoring against Carlos Carrasco. Ildemaro Vargas and Lane Thomas had back-to-back RBI singles later in the second to put the Nationals up 4-0 as they avoided a series sweep.

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That was enough support for Irvin (3-5), who allowed five hits and one walk while striking out six. Irvin had gone 1-3 in his previous five starts despite a 2.55 ERA.

The AL Central-leading Guardians’ nine-game home winning streak, their longest since 2017, was snapped.

Daniel Schneemann cut the Nationals’ lead in half in the bottom of the second inning by lining a two-run double to right field on the first pitch he saw in the major leagues. Schneemann, an infielder/outfielder, had his contract selected by the Guardians from Triple-A Columbus prior to the game.

Schneeman was Cleveland’s 33rd-round draft pick in 2018.

Thomas hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to push the Nationals’ lead to 5-2. The Nationals had scored just three runs while losing the first two games of the series.

Carrasco (2-5) had a rocky return from the injured list, as he was tagged for five runs on seven hits in four innings. He had been sidelined since May 16 with neck spasms.

Kyle Finnegan pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th save in 18 opportunities.

Vargas had two hits, as did Will Brennan for the Guardians.

TRANSACTIONS

Guardians: OF Johnathan Rodriguez was optioned to Columbus, opening a spot on the roster for Schneemann.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: 2B Andres Gimenez missed his second straight game with what manager Stephen Vogt said was “soreness” without being specific. Gimenez is expected to return Tuesday night when Cleveland opens a three-game series against Kansas City. … RHP Eli Morgan (right elbow inflammation) was placed on the 15-day injured list to clear roster space for Carrasco.

UP NEXT

Guardians: After having Monday off, second-place Kansas City visits Cleveland in a divisional showdown. RHP Triston McKenzie (2-3, 3.77) will start for the Guardians against Royals RHP Seth Lugo (9-1,1.72).

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