Ryan Yarbrough stopped a personal 16-game winless streak, Nate Lowe homered and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays beat the Washington Nationals 6-1 on Tuesday night.
Yarbrough (1-3) followed opener John Curtiss in the second inning and gave up one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings for his first win since Aug 11, 2019, at Seattle.
“Really happy for Yarbs,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.
Nick Anderson replaced Ryan Sherriff with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth and struck out Luis García and pinch-hitter Yadiel Hernandez to get this fifth save.
The Rays are 3-4 in a stretch of eight straight games against last-place teams.
Washington got a sixth-inning RBI grounder from Kurt Suzuki.
Yarbrough’s skid consisted of all starts. The lefty has had success coming out of the bullpen, going 23-5 in 47 career relief appearances, many following an opener.
“Really attacking guys,” Yarbrough said. “Got the breaking ball going, kept guys off balance.”
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