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Rays start all left-handed lineup and beat Red Sox 11-1

Nate Lowe hit two homers and drove in four runs as Tampa Bay fielded a lineup of all lefties, Blake Snell worked 5 1/3 scoreless innings and the AL East-leading Rays routed the cellar-dwelling Boston Red Sox 11-1 on Friday night.

Tampa Bay became the first major league team since at least 1900 to use a batting order with only left-handed batters, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Snell (4-1) gave up five hits and two walks. He struck out five.

Tampa Bay Rays' Yoshi Tsutsugo, of Japan,, left, celebrates with first base coach Ozzie Timmons after his RBI single off Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Robinson Leyer during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

Yoshi Tsutsugo also homered for the Rays, who stopped a three-game skid. Tampa Bay entered the game trailing Oakland by percentage points for the AL's best record.

Boston rookie Bobby Dalbec had his five-game home run streak end but had an RBI double in the ninth.

The Red Sox would be eliminated from AL East title contention with a loss on Saturday night.

Tampa Bay Rays' Austin Meadows connects for a two-run double off Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Hall during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

Rays manager Kevin Cash stacked his lineup with lefties against right-hander Andrew Triggs, who made his second start with Boston.

Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke quickly countered by removing Triggs after he allowed a hit and walk in a scoreless first. However, Tsutsugo started the second with a homer off lefty Matt Hall (0-3).

Kevin Kiermaier had an RBI grounder in the third and Austin Meadows hit a two-run double in the fourth.

Tampa Bay Rays' Michael Perez begins to slide around Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez to score on a two-run double by Austin Meadows off pitcher Matt Hall during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

Hall gave up four runs and six hits over 2 1/3 innings.

Tsutsugo had a run-scoring single before Lowe connected for a three-run drive off Robinson Leyer to put the Rays up 9-0 in the seventh.

Lowe had a solo shot off Domingo Tapia, who made his big league debut, in the sixth and finished with three hits in four at-bats. He entered 1 for 14 on the season.

Tampa Bay Rays' Michael Perez beats the tag by Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez to score on a two-run double by Austin Meadows during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

While some teams have started a lineup in which all batters hit from the left side the first time up, all previous occasions since 1900 included at least one switch-hitter.

Roenicke said when bench coach Jerry Narron gave him the Rays' lineup before the game, he thought it was wrong.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP Josh Taylor (left shoulder tendinitis) was placed on the 10-day injured list.

Rays: SS Willy Adames said he has had issues hitting at home and is wearing non-prescription glasses at the plate. ... C Mike Zunino (left oblique strain) hit in a cage and did defensive drills.

UP NEXT

Red Sox RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-2), coming back from a right calf strain, is scheduled to face Rays RHP Tyler Glasnow (2-1) on Saturday night.

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