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Lowe, Snell Pace Rays in Game 2 Win

October 22, 2020

We've got ourselves a series.

The Tampa Bay Rays took Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, behind the pitching of ace Blake Snell and the bat of second baseman Brandon Lowe. 

Here are the key takeaways from Wednesday night's matchup:

1. The Brandon Lowe Show

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After scoring just one run through the first six innings in Game 1, the Rays reversed their own fortunes on Wednesday, scoring six through six innings in Game 2, thanks in large part to Brandon Lowe.

Lowe hit a solo shot in the top of the first inning, giving Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead. 

Brandon Lowe smashes home run as Rays strike first in Game 2, go up 1-0

Brandon Lowe blasts a homer to left center to put his Tampa Bay Rays on top of the Los Angeles Dodgers early, 1-0 in Game 2 of the World Series.

Then, in the top of the fifth, Lowe went deep once again, blasting a two-run shot that pushed the Tampa Bay lead to 5-0.

Brandon Lowe clubs second home run, puts Rays up 5-0 on Dodgers in World Series Game 2

In a pivotal World Series Game 2, Tampa Bay Rays infielder Brandon Lowe hit his second home run to give his team a 5-0 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Before tonight, Lowe was 6-for-56 in the postseason, a batting average of .108, and he put Tampa Bay square in the driver's seat, considering the Rays were 25-1 when scoring at least five runs this year. 

They are now 26-1 when they hit the five-run mark. 

2. Snell follows Kershaw's lead

In Game 1, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was the story of the night on the mound. 

In Game 2, it was all about Rays ace Blake Snell, the 2018 AL Cy Young winner. 

Snell only pitched 4.2 innings on Wednesday, but in that short span, he was lights out, striking out nine batters and not allowing a hit until a Chris Taylor home run in the bottom of the fifth, which put two runs on the board for LA.

Snell would allow one more hit in the fifth before he was pulled, but posting a no-hitter through nearly five innings of your first World Series start is nothing to sneeze at.

Still, despite Snell's pedigree, he rarely pitches late into games, and Wednesday was no expection.

His streak of pitching less than six innings in games that he starts has now reached 20.

For the Dodgers, things didn't go as swimmingly from the mound, after starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin was chased after just 1.1 innings.

LA used seven pitchers on the night, and only Alex Wood pitched at least two innings. 

3. Dodgers' bats stay luke warm

Here's a riddle: If a team tallies five hits in a game, and three of those hits are home runs, is that team considered to be hot from the plate?

Chris Taylor's homer puts Dodgers on the board, trail Rays 5-2 in World Series Game 2

With two outs and a runner on first, Chris Taylor launches a 2-run homer that drives in Kike Hernandez. The Los Angeles Dodgers narrow the gap with the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-2, in Game 2 of the World Series.

Such was the case for LA on Wednesday, which received a two-run home run from Taylor, solo shots from both Will Smith and Corey Seager, and a double from Justin Turner.

Seager's blast continued his hot streak in October, as he's now tallied seven homers in these playoffs – the most ever by a shortstop in a single postseason, and one shy of tying the all-time record.

The Dodgers will look for Seager to continue his run in Game 3. Coverage starts Friday at 7 p.m. ET on FOX.

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