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British TV host Dr. Michael Mosley reached millions by being his own guinea pig

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British TV host Dr. Michael Mosley reached millions by being his own guinea pig
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British TV host Dr. Michael Mosley reached millions by being his own guinea pig

2024-06-11 05:18 Last Updated At:05:20

RHODES, Greece (AP) — Dr. Michael Mosley was his own guinea pig.

In the name of science, the British television host put his body to the test by ingesting tape worms, injecting snake venom and letting leeches suck his blood.

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An ambulance drives through the entrance of a state-run hospital on the island of Rhodes, where the body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley was taken following his death while on vacation on the nearby island of Symi, on Monday, June 10, 2024. Family members have traveled to Rhodes to receive the results of an autopsy to establish the cause of death of the 67-year-old presenter. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

RHODES, Greece (AP) — Dr. Michael Mosley was his own guinea pig.

People sit on the beach of Agios Nikolaos from where British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, is believed to have set out, on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June 7, 2024. Greek police say an ongoing major search and rescue operation on the small eastern Aegean island of Symi has still not located British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, who went missing on Wednesday afternoon after reportedly going for a walk. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

People sit on the beach of Agios Nikolaos from where British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, is believed to have set out, on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June 7, 2024. Greek police say an ongoing major search and rescue operation on the small eastern Aegean island of Symi has still not located British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, who went missing on Wednesday afternoon after reportedly going for a walk. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The small village of Pedi, where some reports indicate missing British doctor and TV presenter Michael Mosley was sighted, is seen on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June, 7, 2024. Mosley went missing on Wednesday afternoon while on vacation on Symi, and authorities said a search and rescue operation that continued on Friday had found no trace of him. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

The small village of Pedi, where some reports indicate missing British doctor and TV presenter Michael Mosley was sighted, is seen on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June, 7, 2024. Mosley went missing on Wednesday afternoon while on vacation on Symi, and authorities said a search and rescue operation that continued on Friday had found no trace of him. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley is carried from the spot where was found, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley is carried from the spot where was found, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

An ambulance drives through the entrance of a state-run hospital on the island of Rhodes, where the body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley was taken following his death while on vacation on the nearby island of Symi, on Monday, June 10, 2024. Family members have traveled to Rhodes to receive the results of an autopsy to establish the cause of death of the 67-year-old presenter.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

An ambulance drives through the entrance of a state-run hospital on the island of Rhodes, where the body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley was taken following his death while on vacation on the nearby island of Symi, on Monday, June 10, 2024. Family members have traveled to Rhodes to receive the results of an autopsy to establish the cause of death of the 67-year-old presenter.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

A general view of the area where the body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

A general view of the area where the body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

Firemen and policemen stand around the body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

Firemen and policemen stand around the body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

What didn't kill him made him more popular and he reached millions through BBC programs like “Trust Me, I'm a Doctor," other appearances on TV and radio, and through bestselling diet books.

In the end, his death came during a hike in the blazing sun on the Greek island where he was vacationing.

Greek police said Monday there was no sign of foul play, though an autopsy was underway to find the cause.

Here are some things to know about Mosley:

Mosley, 67, was found dead Sunday, four days after he went missing on the island of Symi.

His wife said he took the wrong route on what was supposed to be a short walk to the next town and appeared to have collapsed.

The path would have taken him over or alongside a steep unforgiving slope littered with rocks and no shelter from heat that hit 37 Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit).

His body was found within a few dozen steps of the water.

“He almost managed to reach his destination," Lefteris Papakalodoukas, the mayor of Symi told Greek Alpha television. "It was only another 10 meters (33 feet) to the beach. But that must be when his strength left him.”

Dr. Clare Bailey Mosley said her family took comfort knowing her husband almost made it to safety.

“He did an incredible climb, took the wrong route and collapsed where he couldn’t be easily seen by the extensive search team,” she said in a statement.

After graduating from Oxford University, Mosley became an investment banker before going back to school to become a doctor. After qualifying for a career in medicine, though, he took another dramatic career change. He trained as an assistant producer at the BBC and that eventually led to a profession in front of the camera.

Mosley was widely admired for his ability to communicate complex science clearly and his willingness to be the subject of experiments that made others shudder.

In a BBC program called “Infested! Living with parasites,” he swallowed tapeworm cysts. He used a “pill camera” to explore his insides and was watching on an iPad in an Indian restaurant when he first saw the tapeworms attached to his intestine.

“I shouted out: ‘Blimey! There’s a tapeworm in me!’ The other diners looked very surprised," he said. “I was delighted, but at the same time, it was rather horrible."

When he was diagnosed with stage 2 diabetes in 2012, Mosley turned to health science and developed a diet that beat the diagnosis and became the basis for one of his books.

He later popularized intermittent fasting and low-carb meals through his 2013 book “The Fast Diet,” which he co-authored with journalist Mimi Spencer, that proposed the so-called “5:2 diet” to minimize calories two days a week while eating healthily the other five.

His “Just One Thing” radio series launched in 2021 advocated simple changes that could transform health and wellbeing.

“I remember him as a bright spark who although now sadly extinguished, will live on through his influential ‘Just One Thing,’" said Mark Miodownik, a materials science professor at University College London, who had worked with Mosley. “Science has lost one of its best and most influential communicators. His warmth and connection to the audience was remarkable."

The search for Mosley began when he didn't return after leaving his wife and friends and going for a walk from Agios Nikolaos beach near where he was staying.

Searchers on foot, divers in the water, helicopters and drones from above and parties combing the shore from boats spent four days looking for Mosley.

CCTV footage that was believed to be the last known sighting him had shown him walking through a village with a black umbrella overhead to protect himself from the sun.

But footage released Monday appeared to show him scrambling down a rock slope next to a fence and falling out of view where his body was later found.

On Sunday, a boat with the mayor and a group of journalists was scanning the rugged slope when a cameraman saw something dark among the rocks.

The mayor took a photo of the camera display and zoomed in.

“It has a good resolution,“ he said. “It was the missing man.”

Ilias Tsavaris, a bar manager at the Agia Marina, said he scrambled up the hillside after getting a call from the boat telling him to confirm the sighting.

“When I walked up I saw something like a body,” he said. “You don’t see a dead body everyday, it is not a warzone, it’s summer, you are supposed to have fun and swimming.”

Clare Bailey Mosley thanked the people of Symi for their tireless search for a man they didn't know.

“Some of these people on the island, who hadn’t even heard of Michael, worked from dawn till dusk unasked,” she said.

Melley reported from London. Associated Press writer Costas Kantouris contributed from Thessaloniki, Greece.

An ambulance drives through the entrance of a state-run hospital on the island of Rhodes, where the body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley was taken following his death while on vacation on the nearby island of Symi, on Monday, June 10, 2024. Family members have traveled to Rhodes to receive the results of an autopsy to establish the cause of death of the 67-year-old presenter. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

An ambulance drives through the entrance of a state-run hospital on the island of Rhodes, where the body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley was taken following his death while on vacation on the nearby island of Symi, on Monday, June 10, 2024. Family members have traveled to Rhodes to receive the results of an autopsy to establish the cause of death of the 67-year-old presenter. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

People sit on the beach of Agios Nikolaos from where British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, is believed to have set out, on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June 7, 2024. Greek police say an ongoing major search and rescue operation on the small eastern Aegean island of Symi has still not located British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, who went missing on Wednesday afternoon after reportedly going for a walk. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

People sit on the beach of Agios Nikolaos from where British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, is believed to have set out, on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June 7, 2024. Greek police say an ongoing major search and rescue operation on the small eastern Aegean island of Symi has still not located British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, who went missing on Wednesday afternoon after reportedly going for a walk. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The small village of Pedi, where some reports indicate missing British doctor and TV presenter Michael Mosley was sighted, is seen on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June, 7, 2024. Mosley went missing on Wednesday afternoon while on vacation on Symi, and authorities said a search and rescue operation that continued on Friday had found no trace of him. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

The small village of Pedi, where some reports indicate missing British doctor and TV presenter Michael Mosley was sighted, is seen on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June, 7, 2024. Mosley went missing on Wednesday afternoon while on vacation on Symi, and authorities said a search and rescue operation that continued on Friday had found no trace of him. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley is carried from the spot where was found, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley is carried from the spot where was found, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

An ambulance drives through the entrance of a state-run hospital on the island of Rhodes, where the body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley was taken following his death while on vacation on the nearby island of Symi, on Monday, June 10, 2024. Family members have traveled to Rhodes to receive the results of an autopsy to establish the cause of death of the 67-year-old presenter.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

An ambulance drives through the entrance of a state-run hospital on the island of Rhodes, where the body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley was taken following his death while on vacation on the nearby island of Symi, on Monday, June 10, 2024. Family members have traveled to Rhodes to receive the results of an autopsy to establish the cause of death of the 67-year-old presenter.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

A general view of the area where the body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

A general view of the area where the body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

Firemen and policemen stand around the body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

Firemen and policemen stand around the body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

CLEVELAND (AP) — José Ramírez's two-run single highlighted a six-run eighth inning, Tanner Bibee and three relievers combined on a four-hitter, and the American League Central-leading Cleveland Guardians beat the San Diego Padres 7-0 on Friday night.

Cleveland had five hits and a bases-loaded walk by David Fry in the eighth, but the big hit was a single up the middle by Ramírez that gave him 79 RBIs — the second-most in the majors behind Yankees slugger Aaron Judge (86).

Brayan Rocchio added a two-run single and Tyler Freeman had a sacrifice fly in the inning for the Guardians, who have the best home record in the majors at 31-11. Their 59-37 overall mark trails only Philadelphia (62-35).

Bibee (8-4) worked 5 2/3 innings, limiting San Diego to two hits and not allowing a runner past second base. Cade Smith, Hunter Gaddis and Nick Sandlin wrapped up Cleveland’s ninth shutout of the season.

The Padres, who have played an MLB-high 100 games, slipped to .500. They are 1 1/2 games out of the final NL wild-card spot.

Luis Arraez led off and served as San Diego’s designated hitter, going 2 for 4. The third-time All-Star sat out the Midsummer Classic in Texas this week to rest his jammed left thumb.

“I know he wanted to play, but being the team guy he is, Luis decided to hold himself out,” manager Mike Shildt said before the game. “I think it did his thumb a lot of good.”

The Guardians took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on Daniel Schneemann’s double off Matt Waldron (5-9). Fry scored on the play and went 3 for 3, three days after singling home a run in his All-Star Game debut.

Waldron gave up six hits, did not issue a walk and struck out six. The righty was drafted by Cleveland and traded to the Padres in a nine-player deal that included Josh Naylor.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: OF Fernando Tatis Jr. (right leg stress reaction) missed his 18th straight game, but is swinging a bat and playing catch. “It’s still there -- the actual stress reaction — but the swelling and fluid is pretty well gone,” Shildt said. “That’s obviously a positive.”

Guardians: LHP Matthew Boyd (Tommy John surgery) struck out seven over three innings, allowing an unearned run, in his initial rehab appearance for the Arizona Complex League Guardians. Boyd is targeting mid-August for his return to the majors.

UP NEXT

Padres RHP Dylan Cease (8-8, 3.99 ERA) takes on Guardians RHP Gavin Williams (0-1, 3.77 ERA) in the second game of the series. Cease has thrown 1,078 breaking balls over his 20 starts, the most in the majors.

This story has been corrected to show that the Guardians scored six runs in the eighth inning, not ninth.

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Cleveland Guardians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti, left, helps Guardians first-round draft pick Travis Bazzana, right, of Australia, with his jersey at a news conference before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti, left, helps Guardians first-round draft pick Travis Bazzana, right, of Australia, with his jersey at a news conference before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians' Bo Naylor reacts after striking out against San Diego Padres starting pitcher Matt Waldron during the third inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians' Bo Naylor reacts after striking out against San Diego Padres starting pitcher Matt Waldron during the third inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Matt Waldron delivers against the Cleveland Guardians during the first inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Matt Waldron delivers against the Cleveland Guardians during the first inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres' Kyle Higashioka reacts after getting caught stealing second base by Cleveland Guardians' Andres Gimenez during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres' Kyle Higashioka reacts after getting caught stealing second base by Cleveland Guardians' Andres Gimenez during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres' Ha-Seong Kim, second from left, is late with a tag as Cleveland Guardians' Steven Kwan, right, steals second base during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres' Ha-Seong Kim, second from left, is late with a tag as Cleveland Guardians' Steven Kwan, right, steals second base during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres' Jackson Merrill reacts after a strike out by Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres' Jackson Merrill reacts after a strike out by Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians' Andres Gimenez, left, tags San Diego Padres' Kyle Higashioka out at second base on a steal attempt during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians' Andres Gimenez, left, tags San Diego Padres' Kyle Higashioka out at second base on a steal attempt during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres' Jake Cronenworth watches his single off Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres' Jake Cronenworth watches his single off Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee delivers against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee delivers against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians' Daniel Schneemann watches his RBI single off San Diego Padres starting pitcher Matt Waldron as catcher Kyle Higashioka looks on during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians' Daniel Schneemann watches his RBI single off San Diego Padres starting pitcher Matt Waldron as catcher Kyle Higashioka looks on during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

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