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Brandon Lowe crushes, Rays take series in Cleveland, and Joey Wendle for Rookie of the Year?

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MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Cleveland Indians, taking the series victory.

Five Rays had multi hit days with Brandon Lowe having the best day of his major league career thus far, mashing a home run and adding two doubles. Tommy Pham remained hot with two hits, including a triple, with Joey Wendle, Willy Adames, and CJ Cron having the other multi hit days.

CJ Cron crushed his 26th home run of the season.

On the pitching side of things, Diego Castillo pitched a scoreless first inning. Ryan Yarbrough was excellent, covering the bulk of the game, as he held the Indians to a run over five innings. Adam Kolarek continued to be solid delivering two scoreless frames. Hunter Wood struggled in the 9th, but Jose Alvarado came in and nailed things shut to give the Rays a 6-4 victory.

Wild Card update

The Yankees have a 4.5 game lead over Oakland as those two teams hold the Wild Card spots. Oakland will hose the Yankees for three games starting this afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Mariners will play host to the Baltimore Orioles for three games.

The Mariners trail Oakland by 5.5 games, while the Rays are 8 games back.

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