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Rays Use Eighth Inning Barrage To Upend Blue Jays, Even Series

ST. PETERSBURG (WDAE) -- Brandon Lowe's two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Tampa Bay Rays their first win of 2020, a 4-1 decision over the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday at Tropicana Field.

Lowe came up with one out in the inning after Mike Zunino singled and a walk to Ji-Man Choi moved pinch-runner Hunter Renfroe into scoring position, and laced an 0-1 changeup into the gap in centerfield, allowing both runners to score.

Lowe would then be awarded home plate when Saviglio balked during Yandy Diaz's plate appearance.

Both Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough and Blue Jays starter Matt Shoemaker kept the offenses silent through the first five innings. Tampa Bay got on the board in the home half of the sixth, as Michael Perez walked and Choi doubled in pinch-runner Mike Brosseau for a 1-0 lead. Lowe struck out, and Yoshi Tsutsugo was robbed of a hit on a diving stop by first baseman Travis Shaw, keeping the Tampa Bay lead at 1-0.

Toronto did not allow reliever Pete Fairbanks to have a shutdown inning, as Reese McGuire blasted a solo homer to right to tie the game.

Nick Anderson earned the win, finishing the seventh and working a scoreless eighth. Oliver Drake followed with a scoreless ninth to earn his first save of 2020.

The Rays can take the series with a win in Sunday's rubber match. Left-hander Blake Snell will get the start, taking on Thomas Hatch, who will be making his big-league debut. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 11:00 with The Inside Pitch.

Listen to postgame comments from manager Kevin Cash, infielder Brandon Lowe and starting pitcher Ryan Yarbrough below!

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