The Tampa Bay Rays manager saw his time limit pushed to the outer edge on Friday.
Evan Longoria’s two-run homer in the top of the ninth put Tampa Bay ahead 6-4 and seemingly had won the game before closer Grant Balfour (0-1) surrendered five runs in the bottom of the inning.
“It’s one of those games, if you permit it to fester, it will, and if you don’t permit it, it won’t,” Maddon said. “So for me, it’s a loss and a loss is a loss is a loss. Of course, we really had a chance to win that game, but you’ve got to come and play tomorrow - you don’t get a week off - and you have to come ready to play. You have to file it. This is a solid 30-minute game for me, and after that, we’ll be fine.”
Balfour, who had been 4-for-4 in save opportunities, took the same attitude.
“This is a frustrating night for me,” he said. “I know I’m better than that. So I’ll come back tomorrow and turn the page. If I get an opportunity, go out there and get it done.”
Abreu, the rookie slugger from Cuba who signed a $68 million, six-year contract in the offseason, finished with three hits and six RBIs.
The homer was Abreu’s ninth, which is a new Major League Baseball record for homers by a rookie before the end of April.
“Yes, they just mentioned that to me and it’s just something amazing,” Abreu said through an interpreter when asked if he was aware of the record. “It’s just amazing to be involved in this situation.
“I’m angry at myself, so if he wants to yell at me, whatever,” Balfour said. “I wasn’t yelling at him. I was frustrated by the fact I missed by six feet back there.”
Adam Eaton hit a grounder to second base, but Tampa Bay was unable to turn
the double play after getting a force at second.
Maddon challenged the call, but Eaton clearly beat the throw to first and the ruling was upheld on replay. Balfour walked Marcus Semien to load the bases against and Abreu drove an 0-1 pitch to right-center.