Lowe’s hot streak lifts Rays to another win

by Gary Shelton on May 8, 2019 · 0 comments

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Lowe hit the first pitch out of the park./JEFFREY S. KING

Wednesday, 4 a.m.

Oh, so that's why they gave Brandon Lowe the contract extension.

Perhaps you looked at Lowe and wondered why. After all, he is just 5-10 and 185 pounds, a normal size guy in a supersized sport.

Still, it took one pitch Tuesday night for the Rays to jump to a lead, and the team held on for a 6-3 victory over Arizona. Lowe now has an 11-game hitting streak, and he's had a .364 average during it. Lowe is hitting .311 for the season and has eight home runs.

Lowe, Willy Adames celebrate Lowe's eighth home./JEFFREY S. KING

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Kolarek closed out the game for the Rays./JEFFREY S. KING

The Rays led just 2-1 before scoring three times in the seventh and once in the eight. Arizona had two solo homers in the ninth to make it closer.

"There’s a lot of things that he does that help us win," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "He’s swinging a hot bat right now. It seems like he comes up in big situations – I know today the leadoff — it seems like he really gets it done in those

Beeks got the win for the Rays./JEFFREY S. KING

big situations. He’s pretty calm. We learned that a lot about him when he struggled right when he came up last year. He stayed calm, stayed consistent, to his credit. You like to see those even-keeled personalities through the ups and the downs.”

Lowe downplayed his success.

“I was just really trying to find a good pitch to hit," he said. "Don’t waste an opportunity when you get it. It's the same approach if I’m hitting leadoff, three-hole, five-hole, nine-hole — wherever it is. Still have the same mindset.”

For the Rays, it was another successful example of the opener strategy. Tampa

Nate Lowe had two hits for the Rays./JEFFREY S. KING

Bay used six pitchers. Jalen Beeks went 3.1 innings for the win.

“There are some times I struggled, obviously, just not getting ahead of guys which is what we preach here," Beeks said. "That was the intent, but I’ve got to do a better job of getting ahead. Something to work on with all four of my pitches. Curveball, just falling behind with it. It was a little frustrating. Glad I got out of it trusting the defense. (Kevin Kiermaier)made a great play. All the way around the diamond guys were making good plays for me. (Mike Zunino) called a good game. We got the win. That’s all that really matters.”

Willy Adames had two hits for the Rays.

We’ve got to find ways to get a couple of guys going. He’s right there at the top of

Kiermaier makes a big catch for the Rays./JEFFREY S. KING

the list. It certainly was good. I really liked the single that he smoked off the wall. He couldn’t get to a double because he hit it so hard. He’s got to be feeling good about tonight’s performance.”

Cash thought it was good to use so many pitchers.

“Got a lot of guys in the game today pitching-wise, so that was good," Cash said. We had some extra days off with rain and all that stuff. It was good to see them. I think some of them probably needed to knock the rust off a little bit, but ultimately good win. Stanek set the tone for us.

The Rays go for a sweep against Arizona today at 1:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field. For the Rays, Charlie Morton will pitch against Robbie Ray.

Cash's team is 11 games over .500./JEFFREY S. KING


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