ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Rookie Luis García hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and the Washington Nationals beat the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays 4–2 on Wednesday.
With Carter Kieboom on second base to start extra innings, the 20-year-old García hit a leadoff drive on the first pitch from Nick Anderson (1–1).
“I just told him to get ready for the fastball,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “I asked him [afterwards], ‘What was that pitch?’ He’s finally learning. He responded, ‘That’s a homer pitch.’ ” I said ‘Atta boy.’ ”
Anderson had not allowed a run in his previous 14 appearances this season.
“It’s bound to happen,” Anderson said. “I just missed my spot.”
Brandon Lowe got the Rays even at 2–2 when he hit a solo homer off Daniel Hudson (2–2) on a 2–2 pitch with two outs in the ninth.
Kyle McGowin struck out three in the 10th to get his first save.
“The fact that we come back, keep playing, like I’ve said all along, we don’t quit,” Martinez said. “That’s awesome. These guys are giving it their all, going out and playing hard.”
Tampa Bay completed a stretch of eight consecutive games against last-place teams at 3–5.
“The last 10 games we certainly haven’t been firing offensively,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “We’ve got to get going here.”
Asdrúbal Cabrera homered and Austin Voth allowed one run and four hits over five innings for the Nationals.
Juan Soto drew a one-out walk from reliever Oliver Drake in the sixth and scored on Cabrera’s homer that put Washington ahead 2–1.
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