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Lowe's Blast Helps Rays Take Second Straight From Red Sox

Brandon Lowe's solo home run in the bottom of the seventh broke a 4-4 tie and led the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox Saturday at Tropicana Field.

Lowe wasn't the only left-handed bat to go deep for Tampa Bay aturday, as Austin Meadows led off the game with a solo shot off Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi, making his first start after missing three weeks with a calf strain.

Tyler Glasnow worked two scoreless innings, to begin the game but allowed a solo homer to Michael Chavis in the third to tie the game up, and an RBI single by Kevin Plawecki that gave Boston the lead.

The Rays came back with three runs of their own to regain the advantage, first on an RBI single by Nate Lowe, then on a two-run double by Manuel Margot.

Tampa Bay lost designated hitter Ji-Man Choi on Lowe's single to a strained left hamstring.

Glasnow kept the Red Sox off the scoreboard until the seventh, when former Ray Christian Arroyo homered with two out to tie the game.

The Rays quickly got back in front, as Brandon Lowe unloaded on Marcus Walden for his 12th homer of the year.

Nick Anderson worked a perfect eighth, and Diego Castillo followed with a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth save.

With the win, the Rays became the first American League team to get to 30 wins, and the Red Sox have officially been eliminated from the divisional race.

Charlie Morton (1-2, 4.94 ERA) can give the Rays another series win with a victory Sunday, taking on Martin Perez (2-4, 4.40 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10, with coverage on WDAE starting at 12:30.

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