Rays’ Left-Handed Hitters Lead Comeback Win for 5-0 Start

Rays' Left-Handed Hitters Lead Comeback Win for 5-0 Start
Rays' Left-Handed Hitters Lead Comeback Win for 5-0 Start

Despite stating their desire to acquire a veteran left-handed bat for the 2021 season, the Tampa Bay Rays made no winter moves to do so. Instead, they put their faith in two lefty hitters, Josh Lowe and Luke Raley, who spent most of last season in Triple-A, to provide balance and power to their lineup.

On Tuesday night, Lowe and Raley delivered in a big way, hitting back-to-back homers in the ninth inning off Nationals reliever Kyle Finnegan to help the Rays erase a one-run deficit and secure a 10-6 win. With the Minnesota Twins losing to the Miami Marlins the same night, the Rays became the only undefeated team in the majors with a 5-0 record.

The Tampa Bay Rays started the game on a high note, taking the lead just three batters into the game and scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. However, they faced a dry spell between Jose Siri’s solo homer in the second inning and Randy Arozarena’s RBI double in the eighth. Additionally, starter Josh Fleming had a rough start to his season debut, allowing five runs on 10 hits and only recording nine outs.

Entering the ninth inning trailing 6-5, the Rays needed a big comeback. Raley hit Finnegan’s first-pitch sinker 372 feet to left field, tying the game with a game-tying shot. Raley, who homered twice in Monday’s victory, was usually quiet and reserved but couldn’t contain his excitement as he pumped his fists and shouted back toward the Rays’ dugout.

Lowe followed Raley’s homer with a 429-foot blast to right-center on a 1-1 splitter, putting the Rays ahead. The team didn’t let up after that, as Yandy Díaz added a three-run homer into Tampa Bay’s bullpen in left field to secure the victory.

The Rays’ decision to rely on Lowe and Raley paid off Tuesday night as they led the team to an incredible comeback win. With their perfect record intact, the Rays will look to continue their winning streak and cement their place as one of the top teams in the majors this season.

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