- Associated Press - Sunday, August 24, 2014

TORONTO (AP) - After using his bat to give Tampa Bay a one-run lead in extra innings, Evan Longoria protected that slender advantage with a sparkling catch.

Longoria singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Sunday.

“It’s good to come out on top of that one,” Longoria said.

Facing Sergio Santos (0-3), Ben Zobrist walked to begin the 10th and went to third when Nolan Reimold couldn’t handle Logan Forsythe’s flyball down the right field line.

Reimold, who entered the game in the seventh after Jose Bautista was ejected for arguing a called third strike, was charged with an error, and said he’d thought he had a chance to double Zobrist off first base.

“I was thinking about throwing him out before I caught the ball and it was completely my fault,’ Reimold said. “The play has got to be made.”

Longoria followed with a groundball single to left through the drawn-in infield, scoring Zobrist. Forsythe tried to score from second but was thrown out at the plate by Melky Cabrera, with the call confirmed by video review.

Jake McGee (4-1) worked two innings for the win and Brad Boxberger finished for his second save in five chances as the Rays won for the eighth time in 11 road games. They have won nine of their past 10 series away from home.

“It’s huge to win any extra-inning game and especially to win the series here,” Boxberger said.

Toronto took advantage of an error and an infield single to put runners at the corners with none out in the bottom half, but Longoria helped calm the situation by retiring Jose Reyes on a foul popup as he crashed into the padded wall of the stands.

“I was just lucky I had enough room,” Longoria said. “In that situation, that was the best thing we could have hoped for.”

Cabrera popped out to second before Boxberger ended it by fanning Reimold.

Tampa Bay opened the scoring in the first when Zobrist doubled and scored on Longoria’s fielder’s choice.

It stayed that way until the seventh, when Toronto tied it on Juan Francisco’s sacrifice fly.

Rays manager Joe Maddon, who protested Saturday’s game over the timing of a replay challenge by Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, was booed when he came out for a successful challenge on a fielder’s choice at first base in the fifth.

Maddon was booed again when he came out but declined to challenge a call at second base in the seventh, and tipped his cap to the crowd of 38,869 as he walked back to the first base dugout.

“If there’s one thing Canadians have, it’s a great sense of humor,” Maddon said.

Bautista went 0 for 3 and was ejected by home plate umpire Bill Welke for arguing after being called out on strikes in the sixth. Bautista, who is hitless in 11 at-bats, failed to reach base in three consecutive games for the first time since April 9-11, 2012.

“Bottom line, we need him in the game,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

It was the fifth ejection of the season for Toronto but the first for a Blue Jays player.


Maddon spoke to Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president of baseball operations, on the telephone Sunday morning and was told his protest of Saturday’s game will be heard. Maddon said he has “an adequate amount of hope” that the protest will be upheld.


Rays DH Wil Myers struck out looking twice in his first three at-bats. Last year’s AL Rookie of the Year has been caught looking nine times in 18 at-bats since returning Aug. 20 from a 70-game stint on the disabled list with a broken right wrist.


Rays: OF David DeJesus (broken left hand) went 1 for 2 with two walks and a stolen base in a seven-inning stint with Class-A Charlotte on Saturday night, while C Ryan Hanigan (left oblique) went 0 for 4 as the DH.


Rays: Tampa Bay begins a four-game series at AL East-leading Baltimore on Monday, with RH Jake Odorizzi facing Orioles RH Chris Tillman (10-5). Odorizzi is 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his past five road starts.

Blue Jays: Toronto hosts Boston in the opener of a three-game series Monday, with Red Sox RH Clay Buchholz (5-8) facing LH J.A. Happ (8-8). Happ is 0-3 with a 5.19 ERA in his past three starts.

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