Lowe's Homers in 11th, Lifts Rays into Second Wild Card

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September 21, 2019 - 10:39 pm

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By MARK DIDTLER

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Nate Lowe hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Saturday night to move one game ahead of Cleveland for the second AL wild card.
 
Tampa Bay won its third straight game, all in 11 innings.
 
A day after the defending World Series champion Red Sox were mathematically eliminated, Mitch Moreland put Boston ahead 4-3 with a two-out homer in the 11th off Diego Castillo (5-8).
 
Travis d'Arnaud doubled off Josh Smith (0-3) in the bottom half, and Lowe sent an opposite-field drive down the left-field line.
 
Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers also homered for the Red Sox.
 
Boston's J.D. Martinez 0 for 5 with four strikeouts as a designated hitter after missing three games with left groin tightness.
 
D'Arnaud and Joey Wendle had run-scoring singles as the Rays took a 2-0 lead in the third, and Willy Adames put the Rays ahead 3-1 with a long homer off Josh Taylor in the seventh. 
 
Devers hit a two-run homer off Nick Anderson that tied it 3-3 in the eighth.
 
Rays starter Yonny Chirinos, reinstated from the 10-day injured list after being sidelined since Aug. 5 by right middle finger inflammation, entered in the fourth and allowed Bogaerts' leadoff homer.
 
Bogaerts has a career-high 32 homers and 110 RBIs. He got his 51st double during the first.
 
Tyler Glasnow made his third start for the Rays after missing four months with a strained right forearm. He struck out seven in three scoreless innings.
 
     BUSY BULLPENS
 

Boston used 11 pitchers on a bullpen day. With Glasnow on a pitch count of around 50, the Rays used nine pitchers.
 
     FULL CLUBHOUSE
 
With the addition of Chirinos, the Rays now have a team record 39 active players. This is the last season that a team can expand to any number from the 40-man roster in September. Next year teams will carry 28 players during the month.
 
     TRAINER'S ROOM
 
Red Sox: LF Andrew Benintendi (jammed left thumb) pinch ran in the ninth. ... RHP Heath Hembree, out since Aug. 2 with right elbow inflammation, will likely be opener in a game during the season's final week.
 
Rays: All-Star 2B Brandon Lowe (bruised right shin and strained left quadriceps) played four innings in an instructional league game. ... OF Avisail Garcia, who left after six innings Friday with dizziness, felt better but didn't play.
 
     UP NEXT
 
Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough (11-4) will face Red Sox RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) Sunday.
 
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