Major League Baseball
Tampa Bay 6, Washington 1
When: 6:40 PM ET, Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Temperature: Indoors
Umpires: Home - Dan Iassogna, 1B - Tripp Gibson III, 3B - Ben May
Attendance: 0

Ryan Yarbrough worked in relief for his first victory this year, and the Tampa Bay Rays secured their third straight winning season Tuesday with a 6-1 triumph over the Washington Nationals in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The American League East-leading Rays moved to 31-17, guaranteeing a winning record in the 60-game season. The last time Tampa Bay didn't post a winning record was in 2017 when it finished 80-82.

In his second appearance since returning from the injured list, Yarbrough (1-3) tossed 5 2/3 innings and allowed one run on five hits with five strikeouts. The lefty worked out of a no-out, first-and-second jam in the fifth before yielding a run in the sixth.

Starter John Curtiss, who is normally a Rays reliever, started for the second time and worked 1 1/3 as the club opener.

Nate Lowe homered for the third time in four games and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a walk and his first career stolen base. Kevin Kiermaier (two RBIs, run, stolen base, walk), Manuel Margot (run, RBI, stolen base) and Mike Brosseau (run, stolen base) each had two hits.

Nationals starter Anibal Sanchez (2-5) was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings in his second consecutive start against Tampa Bay -- he won opposed by Yarbrough last Tuesday in Washington -- and the Rays stole four bases off him and five in total.

Rookies Carter Kieboom and Luis Garcia each notched two hits for Washington (17-29), which lost its third straight.

Sanchez retired four of the first five batters he faced before offering up a 77 mph curveball to Lowe, who had a two-homer game Friday night. Lowe turned on the pitch and hit a long ball to right for his third home run.

Kevan Smith pushed the lead to 2-0 when he drove home Kiermaier with a single to left. With two outs, Kiermaier reached on a single and advanced to second when Sanchez failed to come set on his delivery, resulting in a balk.

The home side padded its lead 6-0 in a four-run fifth on Margot's RBI infield single that chased Sanchez, a run-scoring walk by Lowe against reliever Ben Braymer and a two-run single to left by Kiermaier.

Kurt Suzuki's RBI groundout in the sixth put the visitors on the board, but reliever Nick Anderson recorded his fifth save by striking out Garcia and pinch hitter Yadiel Hernandez with the bases full in the ninth.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
Washington   Tampa Bay
Anibal Sanchez Player John Curtiss
Loss W/L No Decision
4.1 IP 1.1
4 Strikeouts 1
7 Hits 0
12.46 ERA 0.00
Washington   Tampa Bay
Carter Kieboom Player Nate Lowe
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 2
0 HR 1
2 TB 5
.667 Avg .667
Team Stats Summary
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Washington 7 0 8 .219 16 8 1 2 0 1
Tampa Bay 11 1 14 .314 19 8 6 3 5 0