Josh Naylor's Two-Run Homer and Bat Celebration Lead Guardians to 6-3 Victory Over Athletics

Josh Naylor's emotional home run celebration sparks Guardians' 6-3 win over Athletics. Naylor's two-run homer and RBI single power Cleveland's best start since 1999.

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Josh Naylor's Two-Run Homer and Bat Celebration Lead Guardians to 6-3 Victory Over Athletics

Josh Naylor's Two-Run Homer and Bat Celebration Lead Guardians to 6-3 Victory Over Athletics

Josh Naylor hit a two-run homer and celebrated by striking himself on the helmet with his bat, providing the Cleveland Guardians with the go-ahead run in a 6-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night. Naylor's homer in the fifth inning drove in Steven Kwan, giving Cleveland a 4-2 lead. Two innings later, Naylor drove in Kwan again with an RBI single.

Kwan had a strong game, recording his MLB-high sixth three-hit game. José Ramírez and Ramón Laureano also had RBI doubles for the Guardians, who have the best record in the American League at 15-6. Guardians starter Logan Allen pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits, and Emmanuel Clase recorded the save.

Max Schuemann hit his first career home run for the Athletics, and Ryan Noda and Shea Langeliers also drove in runs for Oakland.

Why this matters: The Guardians have won six of their last seven games and are off to their best start through 21 games since 1999. Naylor's emotional and charismatic celebrations have become a part of his persona, providing a spark for the team's strong performance this season.

Guardians manager Stephen Vogt praised Naylor's celebration, saying "That's Josh Naylor, man, he's emotional and charismatic" as long as he didn't hurt himself. Naylor is having a strong start to the season, hitting .429 with five home runs, 11 RBIs, and eight runs in eight home games. "As long as he didn't concuss himself, I'm all right with the celebration," Vogt added.

Key Takeaways

  • Josh Naylor hit a 2-run homer, celebrated by hitting his helmet
  • Guardians beat Athletics 6-3, have best AL record at 15-6
  • Kwan had 3 hits, Ramírez and Laureano had RBI doubles
  • Schuemann hit his first career HR for Athletics
  • Guardians manager praised Naylor's emotional celebrations