New York City — Dragging after a late-night arrival from Houston and postponed by midtown Manhattan traffic, the Rays reached Yankee Stadium early Friday night with absolutely nothing formally on the line. They might’ve been purged of the Bronx this weekend, and it would not have actually altered their standing atop the American League heading into the postseason.
Clearly, that did not matter to Brandon Lowe and the rest of the Rays.
After winning Friday’s series opener, Tampa Bay invested Saturday afternoon absolutely crossing the last product off its regular-season order of business. Lowe introduced 3 homers and drove in 7 runs, a profession day at the plate, as the Rays breezed past the Yankees, 12-2, for their 100th win of the season.
The Rays reached triple digits for the very first time in franchise history and ended up being the Majors’ 3rd 100-win group this season, signing up with the Giants and Dodgers. They’ve done it in the rugged AL East, which presently includes 4 groups with a minimum of 89 triumphes, by winning their season series versus each of their 4 department challengers.
• Games staying: 1 vs. Yankees
• Standings upgrade: Clinched top place in the AL East
• Home-field benefit: Clinched through the AL Championship Series
Lowe made it occur Saturday with among the very best offending efficiencies the Rays have actually ever seen. He introduced a set of three-run homers to best field off left-hander Jordan Montgomery, one in the very first inning and another in the 3rd, then struck a solo shot off Michael King in the seventh.
Lowe is the 5th gamer in franchise history with a three-homer video game. He connected Carlos Peña (Sept. 5, 2007) for the second-most RBIs in a single video game by a Tampa Bay gamer. He likewise connected the club’s single-game record for a lot of overall bases, with 12, as he moved within one crowning achievement of a 40-homer, 100-RBI season.