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Rays rally in 9th for ‘a win that we needed’

Josh Lowe completes Rays’ comeback vs. D-backs

n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”sort”:”oembed”,”width”:550,”contentType”:”wealthy”},{“__typename”:”Markdown”,”content material”:”“Actually huge, particularly the way in which the previous few weeks have been going. We’ve not actually been ourselves and exhibiting a lot of that proper there,” Lowe mentioned. “That was enormous, to be in that chance and to give you a success like that and assist us get out a win late within the ballgame towards a very good crew.”nnThe Rays had misplaced six of their final 9 video games earlier than Wednesday. They’ve both misplaced or cut up every of their final 4 sequence. The membership that fired on all cylinders early on this season abruptly discovered that wins weren’t coming so simply.nnThen got here a surprisingly efficient efficiency by D-backs starter Zach Davies, who restricted the Rays to 2 hits — each off the bat of Díaz — and two walks over seven innings. 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PHOENIX — Josh Lowe was on account of bat sixth within the ninth inning Wednesday evening. With the Rays down by two runs and scoreless after a nearly silent evening on the plate, there was no assure he would even get an opportunity to hit. However when Yandy Diaz stepped into the batter’s field to guide off the inning, Lowe already had his helmet and batting gloves on.

“Simply able to go there, it doesn’t matter what occurs,” Lowe mentioned. “If I rise up to hit, attempt to do one thing to assist the crew win.”

Lowe did precisely that, capping the Rays’ successful rally with a go-ahead double to left-center subject that gave them a refreshing 3-2 win over the D-backs at Chase Subject. The victory ensured that Tampa Bay would keep the Majors’ greatest report (55-28) and offered a spark contained in the clubhouse amid one of many crew’s few tough patches this season.

“Actually huge, particularly the way in which the previous few weeks have been going. We’ve not actually been ourselves and exhibiting a lot of that proper there,” Lowe mentioned. “That was enormous, to be in that chance and to give you a success like that and assist us get out a win late within the ballgame towards a very good crew.”

The Rays had misplaced six of their final 9 video games earlier than Wednesday. They’ve both misplaced or cut up every of their final 4 sequence. The membership that fired on all cylinders early on this season abruptly discovered that wins weren’t coming so simply.

Then got here a surprisingly efficient efficiency by D-backs starter Zach Davies, who restricted the Rays to 2 hits — each off the bat of Díaz — and two walks over seven innings. Tampa Bay went down so as within the eighth towards reliever Miguel Castro, and Arizona was three outs away from securing a sequence win and spoiling an environment friendly seven-inning begin by Zach Eflin.

However the Rays hadn’t misplaced religion.

“It’s sort of a win that we wanted,” mentioned Eflin, who held the hot-hitting D-backs to 2 runs whereas placing out seven.

“I felt like we saved their offense at bay just about the entire recreation, and we weren’t doing an excessive amount of till it mattered most,” Eflin mentioned. “That speaks lots to simply the offense having the ability to come up huge within the ninth inning. It was a enjoyable recreation.”

It began with Díaz, who put collectively his fourth efficiency with a minimum of three hits in his final 11 video games. The All-Star candidate led off the inning towards reliever Scott McGough with a single to middle subject. Up got here Wander Franco, who hit a comebacker that bounced off McGough then booked it down the road for an infield single. Luke Raley adopted with an RBI single to proper subject, slicing Arizona’s lead in half.

“I am the kind of individual that’s at all times going to say that the sport’s not over till the twenty seventh out,” Díaz mentioned via interpreter Manny Navarro. “That is precisely what occurred tonight.”

Certainly, the Rays have been one out away from defeat after Randy Arozarena struck out and Isaac Paredes smashed a 104.6 mph line drive immediately at second baseman Ketel Marte. Up got here Lowe, who entered the evening batting .234 with a .562 OPS and 21 strikeouts in 68 plate appearances this month.

Lowe mentioned he was merely in search of a pitch over the plate that he might hit arduous, however he whiffed badly on McGough’s first-pitch splitter. He didn’t miss the following pitch, a fastball down within the zone, and crushed it 104.5 mph towards the hole in left-center subject for a two-run double.

“Actually clutch and joyful for Josh,” supervisor Kevin Money mentioned. “We have numerous guys which might be sort of grinding via it proper now. He is most likely been one in all them, however joyful that he got here up. He swung via the cut up, 0-0 pitch, however did not get off the fastball and put a cost into one to select us up with clearly the largest hit of the sport.”

Pete Fairbanks dealt with the ninth inning, benefitting from a superb diving play by Franco then working round a one-out stroll to safe his ninth save of the season. They celebrated like common afterward, with a mixture of reduction concerning the win they’d simply pulled off and optimism about what it’d imply shifting ahead.

“I believe that is going to be huge for us,” Lowe mentioned. “Good second there, and I believe we will sort of take this power and maintain it going.”

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