Brandon Lowe Makes World Series History with Two Home Runs Against Dodgers

Brandon Lowe became the first player in the history of the World Series to hit two opposite-field home runs as the Tampa Bay Rays drew level with the Los Angeles Dodgers after taking the second game of the series 6-4 on Wednesday night.

The 26-year-old crushed a fastball from Dodgers rookie starter Tony Gonsolin to left field in the first inning to give the Rays an early lead. The home run was Tampa Bay's 27th of the postseason, which matched an MLB record. Four innings later, Lowe went deep again, smashing a two-run homer off rookie Dustin May to put the Rays 5-0 ahead.

The offensive burst proved game changing for Tampa Bay which withstood a late rally from the Dodgers to level the series and ended a dismal run of form for Lowe, who was hitting 0.107 in the postseason and arrived in the World Series on the back of hitting 0.83 in the 13 games he played since the start of the American League Division Series.

"Those felt really good," Lowe said after the game, as he reflected on the two home runs.

"It felt great to kind of get back and contribute to the team. They've been doing so well for the past month. It felt really good to get back and actually start doing stuff again."

Lowe's two homers were also a reward for Rays manager Kevin Cash, who reiterated the possibility of dropping the second baseman had never crossed his mind.

"The biggest reason that makes us all believe is he's shown over time that he's a really good hitter, really good player, and sometimes guys, you got to let them go through some rough patches and he's been in one," Cash told the Associated Press.

"It was exciting for the first home run. The second one really ignited them. He can go quiet for a little while but he can be as hot as anybody in baseball. Hopefully, that's the trend that we're looking at going forward."

Aside from Lowe, the Rays had Blake Snell to thank for their win in Game 2. The 2018 American League Cy Young Award winner recorded nine strike outs in 4.2 innings and didn't allow a hit until Chris Taylor smashed a two-run homer off him in the bottom of the fifth as the Dodgers cut the deficit to 5-2. Will Smith and reigning National League Championship Series MVP Corey Seager also homered for the Dodgers, but Los Angeles had left itself too much to do after four of its first five pitchers all allowed runs.

Gonsolin was done after just 1.1 innings, matching the shortest start in a World Series since Jake Peavy's day ended at the same stage after he conceded five runs as the San Francisco Giants suffered a 10-0 rout at the hands of the Kansas City Royals in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series.

The Dodgers used four pitchers within the first four innings of Game 2, becoming the first team to do so in a World Series game since the Oakland Athletics ran through their pitchers in similar fashion against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 3 of the 1990 Fall Classic.

Game 3 is scheduled for Friday night at 8:08 p.m. ET.

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Brandon Lowe #8 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a two run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning in Game 2 of the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 21 in Arlington, Texas. Sean M. Haffey/Getty