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Nationals Snap 3-Game Shedding Dawdle with Extra Innings Favor vs. Rays

Chris O’Meara/Associated PressThe Washington Nationals snapped a three-game skid with a 4-2 defeat of the Tampa Bay Rays, who still sit comfortably atop the American League East standings, in 10 innings.  After falling 6-1 to Tampa on Tuesday, the Nationals turned it around to improve to 18-29 on the season. The Rays, who at 31-18 are 3.5 games…

Washington Nationals' Asdrubal Cabrera (13) shakes hands with third base coach Chip Hale (12) after Cabrera hit a two-run home run off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Oliver Drake during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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The Washington Nationals snapped a 3-sport skid with a 4-2 defeat of the Tampa Bay Rays, who peaceable sit down with ease atop the American League East standings, in 10 innings.  

After falling 6-1 to Tampa on Tuesday, the Nationals turned it round to beef as much as 18-29 on the season. The Rays, who at 31-18 are 3.5 games earlier than the Contemporary York Yankees within the division, enjoy faltered in September, going 6-7 after ending August on a six-sport a hit budge.

Asdrubal Cabrera gave Washington the lead with a two-plod house plod within the quit of the sixth that scored Juan Soto. But on the final strike of the sport, Tampa’s Brandon Lowe hit a solo shot over the unswerving enviornment wall to tie the sport at two and send it to extras.

On the first pitch of the 10th inning, Luis Garcia homered with Carter Kieboom on 2d irascible to provide Washington the lead as soon as extra and relief the Nationals claim the season sequence towards Tampa Bay, 3-1. 

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The youngest player in @MLB good launched a lumber-ahead, 2-plod, extra-inning HR 427 feet!


Notable Performers

  • Brandon Lowe, 2B, Rays: 3-for-4, 2B, HR
  • Asdrubal Cabrera, 1B, Nationals: 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI
  • Nate Lowe, 1B, Rays: 1-for-1, 2B, RBI, 3 BB
  • Luis Garcia, 2B, Nationals: 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Nats’ Asdrubal Cabrera Is Hiking Out of His Whisk

MLB gentle Asdrubal Cabrera had his 2d house plod in three games to send the Nationals previous the Braves on Sunday, and he continued his hot budge with the lumber-ahead homer Wednesday. It is miles a welcome substitute for the 34-year-extinct, who become as soon as batting .191 in his previous 30 games heading into Sunday, with 16 strikeouts in his final 15 outings. 

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Asdrúbal Cabrera hits a two-plod homer to RF and the Nationals lead 2-1 within the quit of the sixth. Juan Soto ratings after working a bolt.

When he become as soon as launched by the Rangers final tumble, he knocked in 40 runs in 38 games en path to the World Series. He began 2020 solid, with a .341 moderate in his first 12 games, sooner than slowing down—alongside with the Nationals as an entire—within the heart of the season. 

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The ranking of the sport is 1-1.

(Because Asdrúbal Cabrera hit this homer.)


In a lost season for the defending world champions, or no longer it’s nice to search Cabrera flip a downward pattern round, particularly when or no longer it’s performed towards a top team. 

Nate Lowe Is a High Level for the Ji-Man Choi-Much less Rays

With first baseman Ji-Man Choi shut down for the customary season—and potentially the playoffs—with a strained hamstring, 2016 13th-rounder Nate Lowe, who become as soon as nearly traded away by Tampa Bay, is getting his moment.

The 25-year-extinct had made four straight starts in Choi’s absence, hitting .429 with three house runs from the sixth or seventh slot within the lineup. Along with his fresh hot budge in thoughts, Lowe become as soon as moved as much as bat cleanup, and his first-inning double scored Randy Arozarena to provide the Rays a 1-0 lead. 

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A two-out double for Nate Lowe within the first puts the Rays up 1-0 towards Austin Voth. Voth recorded the first two outs and then hit a batter, which extended the inning and ends in a plod.

After his double, the Rays pitching workers deliberately walked Lowe in his next two at-bats. 

The Rays can breathe a tell of relief heading into the tail quit of the season if it formula Lowe continues to occupy in initially. 

What’s Subsequent?

The Nationals enjoy quite the agenda to quit the season, with 12 games scheduled in 10 days.

Washington will preserve in Florida except Monday, the build they’ll switch to Miami for five games in three days, with a pair of doubleheaders and a plump-size sport to myth for postponements this summer.

The Marlins were scheduled to host Washington for a 3-sport sequence from July 31 to Aug. 2, however the sequence become as soon as postponed because of the Miami’s COVID-19 outbreak. Friday shall be a doubleheader to myth for Aug. 1, and Sunday will myth for Aug. 2.

The Rays will head north to Baltimore for five games, collectively with a doubleheader, as they shut out the season with 11 games in as many days.

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