On Thursday afternoon Brandon Lowe was named the America League’s rookie of the month. He capped off his award winning afternoon blasting a 2-out homer in the ninth inning to lead the Tampa Bay Rays past the Kansas City Royals 3-1.
The Rays, looking to erase a dismal performance of being swept by the Royals on Wednesday, entered the ninth inning locked in a 1-1 tie.
Wily Peralta walked Daniel Robertson on four pitches to open the inning but retired Avisail Garcia on a scorching line drive to second and Mike Zunino on a soft fly out in foul territory in right field.
His 2-2 changeup to Brandon Lowe wasn’t a bad pitch, but Lowe kept his hands back and muscled it out for the eventual game winner.
With the win the Rays become the first team in the American League to 20 wins improving to 20-11. They also finish their season series against the Royals with a winning mark of 4-3.
Danny Duffy making his second start of the season held the Rays to one run over six innings. Wily Peralta (2-2, 7.07 ERA) takes the loss for Kansas City who drop to 11-21 on the season.
The Rays finish their three city road trip in Baltimore taking on the Orioles Friday night at 7:05.