The Tampa Bay Rays spotted the Washington Nationals a 4-0 lead in the second inning and nearly came all the way back, falling 4-3 Tuesday night at Nationals Park.
Washington needed just three hitters to jump out to a 3-0 lead against Rays starter Rich Hill, as Kyle Schwarber again led off the game with a home run, and after a double by Trea Turner, Juan Soto blasted a two-time homer for some insurance.
Victor Robles made it 4-0 in the second when he connected for his first home run of 2021. At the end of the second inning, Hill ended up taking out his frustrations on the bat rack before going up the the plate and dropping down a bunt single.
But left-hander settled down after the Robles homer, and ended up working through the sixth inning before being pinch-hit for. After the game, he said he learned why he struggled at the start of the game.
Tampa Bay got on the board in the fifth when Brandon Lowe connected for his 16th home run of the season.
Mike Zunino got Tampa Bay within a run in the ninth by hitting his 17th home run of the season off Nats closer Brad Hand, but Hand got pinch-hitter Manuel Margot to fly to center, Randy Arozarena to pop to center, and Yandy Diaz to line out to end the game.