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Rays Ride Brandon Lowe’s Power Stroke to Game 2 Victory

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The Rays needed Brandon Lowe to breakout in a big way, as their regular season MVP has been torrid this postseason. The All-Star second baseman was hitting .107 in the postseason (6-for-56) entering the night. Yet, in the second at bat of the game, he busted his slump in a big way.

Blake Snell took the mound and threw a no-hitter through four innings. He struck out nine in his start.

Joey Wendle also busted his slump to make it 3-0.

Brandon Lowe then gave the Rays even more insurance, making history while doing so.

It was in the fifth inning that the Dodgers got on the board, though, when Chris Taylor jacked his first homerun of the postseason to end the no-hit bid.

The Dodgers gained even more off of the bat of Will Smith.

The Rays made more history after this, though.

Choi would make it home on a Joey Wendle sacrifice to make the score 6-3. Peter Fairbanks struggled in the eighth, and Corey Seager had an historic homerun, his seventh. This is the most by a shortstop all-time in a single postseason.

With the go-ahead run at the plate, Aaron Loup came in to clean up the jam in the inning and locked up reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger to end the inning and escape the jam.

In the top half of the ninth inning, Randy Arozarena legged out an infield hit for his 22nd hit of the postseason, tying Derek Jeter for the rookie record. He’s already tied former Ray Evan Longoria for most homeruns by a rookie in a postseason.

Aaron Loup stayed in the game to start the ninth, striking out Edwin Rios and getting Austin Barnes to fly out to left fielder Brett Phillips. Closer Diego Castillo looked to get the final out. He started Chris Taylor off with a slider called. He then threw him a sinker and struck him out swinging on an 0-2 slider as he couldn’t check his swing.

The Rays will now become the home team for Friday’s Game 3. The Rays have ace Charlie Morton on the mound against the Dodgers top starter Walker Buehler. The series is tied.

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