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Josh Lowe homers twice as Rays breeze past the Pirates 10-3

2024-06-22 10:23 Last Updated At:10:31

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Lowe homered twice, including a three-run blast in the sixth that broke open a close game, and the Tampa Bay Rays breezed past the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-3 on Friday night.

Lowe hit a solo shot to right off Luis Ortiz in the third inning and went deep again with two aboard in the sixth to give the Rays a rare breather amid a string of tight finishes.

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Pittsburgh Pirates' Bryan Reynolds, left, rounds the bases past Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Isaac Paredes after hitting a solo home run off relief pitcher Chris Devenski during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Lowe homered twice, including a three-run blast in the sixth that broke open a close game, and the Tampa Bay Rays breezed past the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-3 on Friday night.

Pittsburgh Pirates' Bryan Reynolds, right, is greeted by third base coach Mike Rabelo after hitting a solo home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Chris Devenski during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Bryan Reynolds, right, is greeted by third base coach Mike Rabelo after hitting a solo home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Chris Devenski during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Chris Devenski delivers during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Chris Devenski delivers during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz, right, is joined by catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, and third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes waiting for manager Derek Shelton to remove him from the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz, right, is joined by catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, and third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes waiting for manager Derek Shelton to remove him from the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe, right, returns to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. It was Lowe's second home run of the game.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe, right, returns to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. It was Lowe's second home run of the game.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe, center, celebrates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. It was Lowe's second home run of the game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe, center, celebrates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. It was Lowe's second home run of the game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe heads to first base after hitting a single off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe heads to first base after hitting a single off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe hits a single off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe hits a single off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Ryan Pepiot delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Ryan Pepiot delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe follows through on a single that drove in a run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe follows through on a single that drove in a run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Connor Joe, left, can't get to a foul ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays' Yandy Díaz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Connor Joe, left, can't get to a foul ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays' Yandy Díaz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Yandy Díaz (2) singles in a run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Yandy Díaz (2) singles in a run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

CORRECTS TO JOSH LOWE, INSTEAD OF BRANDON LOWE - Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz (48) during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

CORRECTS TO JOSH LOWE, INSTEAD OF BRANDON LOWE - Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz (48) during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Rortvedt, left, is greeted by Josh Lowe (15) as he returns to the dugout after scoring on a single by Brandon Lowe off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Rortvedt, left, is greeted by Josh Lowe (15) as he returns to the dugout after scoring on a single by Brandon Lowe off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Jose Siri, left, is greeted by Richie Palacios after scoring on a single by Yandy Díaz off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Jose Siri, left, is greeted by Richie Palacios after scoring on a single by Yandy Díaz off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

CORRECTS TO JOSH LOWE, INSTEAD OF BRANDON LOWE - Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe, rear, is greeted by Richie Palacios as he returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

CORRECTS TO JOSH LOWE, INSTEAD OF BRANDON LOWE - Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe, rear, is greeted by Richie Palacios as he returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe celebrates as he crosses home plate on a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. It was Lowe's second home run of the game.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe celebrates as he crosses home plate on a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. It was Lowe's second home run of the game.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe celebrates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. It was Lowe's second home run of the game.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe celebrates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. It was Lowe's second home run of the game.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay entered Friday having had each of its previous four games decided in the final at-bat. There was no drama this time thanks to the first multi-homer game of Lowe's career.

“That's the goal right, to have a stress-free win,” Lowe said.

Lowe has endured two stints on the injured list this season due to a right oblique strain. Getting back into a rhythm has been difficult, though he believes he's starting to find himself in the batter's box.

He certainly looked comfortable when he sent an Ortiz pitch to a place few left-handed batters reach at PNC Park. Lowe's second homer crashed into the bleachers just to the left of the 410-foot notch in left-center.

“You know (Lowe is) trying to get that timing,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “And it certainly looked like he got it today ... to go (opposite field) here is really, really impressive.”

Ben Rortvedt added three hits, including a three-run homer in the ninth.

Jose Siri also had three hits and made a pair of spectacular catches in center. He chased down a line drive to left-center by Nick Gonzales leading off the second and ended the game by robbing Jack Suwinski of extra bases with a leaping grab at the wall.

“I think (Siri) is amazing teammates right now with how consistent his play is, how good he is out in the outfield and look, the quality of his at bats have completely turned around,” Cash said.

Yandy Díaz singled twice to extend his hitting streak to 14 games and his on-base streak to a career-best 23 games as the Rays finished with a season-high 17 hits.

Colin Poche (1-1) helped Tampa escape a bases-loaded jam in the fourth by getting Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Bryan Reynolds hit his 11th homer of the season to push his hitting streak to a career-best 18 games. The left fielder is hitting .342 in June. Suwinski had an RBI double for Pittsburgh and Ke'Bryan Hayes added an RBI single.

The Pirates, still down a man in the starting rotation because of injuries to Martin Perez, Quinn Priester and Marco Gonzales, turned to their bullpen. The strategy has worked of late but not on the first night of a rare visit to Pittsburgh by Tampa Bay.

Carmen Mlodzinski (1-3) gave up a run in the first 1 2/3 innings before giving way to Ortiz. The right-hander who had hoped to make the starting rotation out of spring training has thrived in a long relief role this season but struggled on a steamy night with temperatures in the mid-90s.

Tampa touched Ortiz for six runs on 10 hits in four innings. He failed to retire the Rays in order once and things got out of hand in the sixth.

The loss came on a day Pirates chairman Bob Nutting said he's given general manager Ben Cherington the green light to seek trades that will help an offense that has kept the Pirates from emerging from a crowded if underwhelming NL Central pack.

Pittsburgh managed just five hits and only two over the final five innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: C Joey Bart (thumb) served as the designated hitter for Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday night. Bart will catch for Perez (left groin) on Saturday when Perez makes a rehab start. ... Utility player Ji Hwan Bae (right wrist) also made a rehab appearance for Indianapolis on Friday. ... C Henry Davis (concussion) is still showing some concussion-like symptoms and has yet to return to “high-exertion activities,” according to Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk.

UP NEXT

Tampa Bay's Zach Eflin (3-4, 4.12 ERA) starts against promising Pittsburgh rookie Jared Jones (4-6, 3.76) on Saturday.

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Pittsburgh Pirates' Bryan Reynolds, left, rounds the bases past Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Isaac Paredes after hitting a solo home run off relief pitcher Chris Devenski during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Bryan Reynolds, left, rounds the bases past Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Isaac Paredes after hitting a solo home run off relief pitcher Chris Devenski during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Bryan Reynolds, right, is greeted by third base coach Mike Rabelo after hitting a solo home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Chris Devenski during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Bryan Reynolds, right, is greeted by third base coach Mike Rabelo after hitting a solo home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Chris Devenski during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Chris Devenski delivers during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Chris Devenski delivers during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz, right, is joined by catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, and third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes waiting for manager Derek Shelton to remove him from the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz, right, is joined by catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, and third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes waiting for manager Derek Shelton to remove him from the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe, right, returns to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. It was Lowe's second home run of the game.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe, right, returns to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. It was Lowe's second home run of the game.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe, center, celebrates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. It was Lowe's second home run of the game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe, center, celebrates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. It was Lowe's second home run of the game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe heads to first base after hitting a single off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe heads to first base after hitting a single off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe hits a single off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe hits a single off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Ryan Pepiot delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Ryan Pepiot delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe follows through on a single that drove in a run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe follows through on a single that drove in a run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Connor Joe, left, can't get to a foul ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays' Yandy Díaz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Connor Joe, left, can't get to a foul ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays' Yandy Díaz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Yandy Díaz (2) singles in a run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Yandy Díaz (2) singles in a run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

CORRECTS TO JOSH LOWE, INSTEAD OF BRANDON LOWE - Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz (48) during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

CORRECTS TO JOSH LOWE, INSTEAD OF BRANDON LOWE - Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz (48) during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Rortvedt, left, is greeted by Josh Lowe (15) as he returns to the dugout after scoring on a single by Brandon Lowe off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Rortvedt, left, is greeted by Josh Lowe (15) as he returns to the dugout after scoring on a single by Brandon Lowe off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Jose Siri, left, is greeted by Richie Palacios after scoring on a single by Yandy Díaz off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Jose Siri, left, is greeted by Richie Palacios after scoring on a single by Yandy Díaz off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

CORRECTS TO JOSH LOWE, INSTEAD OF BRANDON LOWE - Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe, rear, is greeted by Richie Palacios as he returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

CORRECTS TO JOSH LOWE, INSTEAD OF BRANDON LOWE - Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe, rear, is greeted by Richie Palacios as he returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe celebrates as he crosses home plate on a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. It was Lowe's second home run of the game.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe celebrates as he crosses home plate on a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. It was Lowe's second home run of the game.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe celebrates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. It was Lowe's second home run of the game.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tampa Bay Rays' Josh Lowe celebrates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Luis L. Ortiz during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 21, 2024. It was Lowe's second home run of the game.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

CABOT, Pa. (AP) — A fire truck carried Corey Comperatore’s flag-draped casket to a Pennsylvania church on Friday for the funeral of the former fire chief, who was shot and killed when a gunman tried to assassinate former President Donald Trump last weekend.

Hundreds of firefighters arrived at the church in a procession of over 100 trucks in a show of support for Comperatore's grieving relatives and friends. Outside the church, a massive American flag hung from the ladder of a fire truck.

A sharpshooter team mounted on a nearby rooftop served as a reminder of last weekend's bloodshed. Officials have said that Comperatore spent his final moments shielding his wife and daughter from gunfire at Trump’s rally last Saturday in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Trump, who suffered an ear injury in the shooting but was not seriously hurt, is not going to the funeral because of Secret Service concerns, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Annette Locke, a member of the West Deer Township Volunteer Fire Department, stood across the road from the church and lightly touched her heart as she spoke about the horrific toll from the “totally senseless" shooting.

“He was with his family on a beautiful sunny day, and now he’s gone,” Locke said.

Joe and Jen Brose stood at the edge of their driveway with their three young boys, all dressed in T-shirts celebrating the USA, watching the long procession of fire and emergency trucks go by.

“The community comes together at times like this,” Joe Brose said.

“I thought it was very heartwarming, it was very humbling to see it,” said Jen Brose, whose sister had attended the Trump rally.

Trump honored Comperatore during his speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. He displayed Comperatore's firefighting gear on the convention stage, kissing his helmet and heralding the ex-chief as “an unbelievable person.”

Comperatore, 50, worked as a project and tooling engineer, was an Army reservist and spent many years as a volunteer firefighter after serving as chief, according to his obituary.

On Thursday, thousands of mourners filed into a banquet hall to pay their respects to Comperatore and his family. Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday at a vigil for him at an auto racing track.

Guests at Thursday's visitation for Comperatore saw a slideshow of photos from his life — his wedding, a recent 50th birthday party, time with his daughters, firefighting, fishing, and palling around with his Dobermans. Also on display was a framed copy of a note to Comperatore’s wife signed by Trump and former first lady Melania Trump.

"Corey will forever be remembered as a True American Hero,” the Trumps wrote.

A statement issued Thursday by Comperatore's family described him as a “beloved father and husband, and a friend to so many throughout the Butler region.”

"Our family is finding comfort and peace through the heartfelt messages of encouragement from people around the world, through the support of our church and community, and most of all through the strength of God," the statement said.

Two other people were wounded at Trump's rally: David Dutch, 57, of New Kensington, and James Copenhaver, 74, of Moon Township. As of Wednesday night, both had been upgraded to serious but stable condition, according to a spokesperson with Allegheny Health Network.

A firefighter stages before the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A firefighter stages before the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A rider and firefighting truck stage for the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A rider and firefighting truck stage for the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A firetruck stages for the funeral procession of Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A firetruck stages for the funeral procession of Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Merri Cambo, left, of Saxonburg, Pa., and her friend, Jane Wesolosky, of Buffalo, Pa., react as the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes by, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Merri Cambo, left, of Saxonburg, Pa., and her friend, Jane Wesolosky, of Buffalo, Pa., react as the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes by, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A flag is seen before the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A flag is seen before the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

People wait for the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

People wait for the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Jane Wesolosky, of Buffalo, Pa., waves a flag as the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Jane Wesolosky, of Buffalo, Pa., waves a flag as the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A giant American flag is unfurled outside the Cabot Church, in Cabot, Pa., Friday, July 19, 2024, before the funeral service for Buffalo Township Volunteer fireman Corey Comeratore, who was killed at a Pennsylvania rally for Donald Trump, Saturday, July 13, 2024. Corey Comperatore's quick decision to use his body as a shield against the bullets flying toward his wife and daughter rang true to the close friends and neighbors who loved and respected the proud 50-year-old Trump supporter, noting that the Butler County resident was a "man of conviction." (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

A giant American flag is unfurled outside the Cabot Church, in Cabot, Pa., Friday, July 19, 2024, before the funeral service for Buffalo Township Volunteer fireman Corey Comeratore, who was killed at a Pennsylvania rally for Donald Trump, Saturday, July 13, 2024. Corey Comperatore's quick decision to use his body as a shield against the bullets flying toward his wife and daughter rang true to the close friends and neighbors who loved and respected the proud 50-year-old Trump supporter, noting that the Butler County resident was a "man of conviction." (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pennsylvania State Police arrive at the Cabot Church, in Cabot, Pa., Friday, July 19, 2024, before the funeral service for Buffalo Township Volunteer fireman Corey Comeratore, who was killed at a Pennsylvania rally for Donald Trump, Saturday, July 13, 2024. Corey Comperatore's quick decision to use his body as a shield against the bullets flying toward his wife and daughter rang true to the close friends and neighbors who loved and respected the proud 50-year-old Trump supporter, noting that the Butler County resident was a "man of conviction.". (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pennsylvania State Police arrive at the Cabot Church, in Cabot, Pa., Friday, July 19, 2024, before the funeral service for Buffalo Township Volunteer fireman Corey Comeratore, who was killed at a Pennsylvania rally for Donald Trump, Saturday, July 13, 2024. Corey Comperatore's quick decision to use his body as a shield against the bullets flying toward his wife and daughter rang true to the close friends and neighbors who loved and respected the proud 50-year-old Trump supporter, noting that the Butler County resident was a "man of conviction.". (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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