World Series level after Brandon Lowe makes history to help Tampa Bay Rays beat Los Angeles Dodgers

MATT MAJENDIE
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AP
AP

Brandon Lowe bounced back from a play-off slump to help level the World Series at one apiece with a 6-4 victory for Tampa Bay Rays against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Having been comfortably outplayed in an 8-3 loss in the opener of the seven-match series, they were aided as Lowe became the first man in a World Series game to hit two opposite-field home runs.

The 26-year-old had been among the Rays’ star turns during the regular season but had suffered a drought in the play-offs but the franchise stuck with him in the hope he would come good.

His first home run of the night came in the first inning while a second in the fifth effectively took the contest out of the reach of the Dodgers.

Afterwards, he said: “To say my mind wasn’t going different places during that struggle would be lying to you. There were times where I wasn’t feeling too good but that’s what is so great about this team and the coaching staff.

“As soon as I started dragging my feet, somebody was right there to pick me up and tell me to ‘focus up, let’s keep going’.”

Lowe said he had worked closely on video analysis to remedy his swing ahead of game two while Rays manager Kevin Cash said there had been no chance of him being dropped from the side – he had sat out just one game post-season despite the dip in form.

Cash said: “The biggest reason that makes us all believe is he’s shown over time that he’s a really good hitter, really good player, and sometimes guys, you got to let them go through some rough patches and he’s been in one.

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“It was exciting for the first home run. The second one really ignited them. He can go quiet for a little while but he can be as hot as anybody in baseball. Hopefully, that’s the trend that we’re looking at going forward.”

Blake Snell, meanwhile, struck out for nearly five innings before a Chris Taylor two-run homer while Joey Wendle also drove in three runs for the Rays.

The two sides play again in game three on Friday.

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