Toronto at Tampa Bay

Final 10th
Tampa Bay
W: J. McGee (3-3) L: B. Lincoln (1-2)
HR: TOR - E. Encarnacion (31)   TB - E. Longoria (24),J. Lobaton (5)

Lobaton's walkoff homer in 10th powers Rays, sinks Jays wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jose Lobaton came up big again for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Lobaton hit a solo home run in the 10th inning and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Sunday.

Lobaton sent a 2-1 pitch from Brad Lincoln (1-2) with one out into the right-field seats. Lobaton had a game-ending triple in the ninth Friday.

"It's different," Lobaton said. "Walk-off triple, that was amazing. Walk-off homer, run the bases like that, is unbelievable. It's something that you want to do all the time. Hopefully it's not the last one."

Lobaton's parents were at the ballpark for both of his key hits.

"Seriously, that's pretty cool for him," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Very, very cool."

Jake McGee (3-3) struck out one during a perfect 10th.

Tampa Bay took two of three from Toronto, which hasn't won a series at Tropicana Field since April 2007.

Rays starter Chris Archer allowed one run and four hits over seven innings.

Blue Jays right-hander Todd Redmond, a St. Petersburg native, gave up one run and six hits over six-plus innings in his first start at Tampa Bay.

"We wasted great pitching out there," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "If you're going to play in prime time, you've got to win those games. We've had so many of them over the course of the season and we haven't been able to win them."

Evan Longoria put the Rays up 1-0 in the first with his 24th homer, an opposite-field drive to right that resulted in a video review after a fan in the front row caught the ball just above the fence.

"One bad pitch to Longoria, one of the best-hitting third basemen in the game right now," Redmond said. "You do that, and you pay the price. [The fan] probably reached over a little bit, but it was probably just far enough to where it didn't matter."

The Blue Jays tied it at 1 when Edwin Encarnacion connected for his 31st homer this season with two outs in the seventh. He nearly put Toronto ahead in the ninth, but his two-out drive off Fernando Rodney hit off the top of the left-field wall and the slugger wound up with a double.

"Very, very lucky right there," Maddon said.

Archer retired nine in a row before Anthony Gose started the fourth with a single. Gose stole second and went to third on Jose Bautista's one-out flyball, but was left stranded when Encarnacion flew out.

Gose was the only Toronto baserunner until Encarnacion's seventh-inning homer. After the home run, Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie had consecutive singles before Mark DeRosa grounded out.

The Rays got a one-out double from Longoria in the fourth and Yunel Escobar hit a leadoff double to begin the fifth, but Redmond worked out of both jams without allowing a run. Redmond also got an inning-ending double play from Wil Myers with two on during the sixth.

Tampa Bay also wasted a scoring chance in the seventh with no outs when pinch-runner Sean Rodriguez was caught in a rundown between third and homer after pinch-hitter Jason Bourgeois failed to get a bunt down.


Tampa Bay LHP Matt Moore, on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow soreness, played catch after being shut down for three days after experiencing elbow discomfort during a 55-pitch bullpen session Wednesday. The All-Star plans to throw again Monday. ... Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes was out of the lineup for the second straight game due to right knee soreness. ... Myers started in right field after being the designated hitter the previous three games. Maddon has said Myers is physically fine, but that he wanted to get the rookie off his feet for a few days. ... Rays INF Ryan Roberts accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Durham.

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Jose Lobaton swings at a 2-1 pitch and comes up big with a walk-off home run in the 10th inning. (USATSI)
Jose Lobaton swings at a 2-1 pitch and comes up big with a walk-off home run in the 10th inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

E. Encarnacion
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Toronto Blue Jays
Anthony Gose, CF4010030 .257
Maicer Izturis, SS4000001 .235
Jose Bautista, RF4000011 .259
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4121001 .278
Adam Lind, DH4010011 .279
Brett Lawrie, 3B4010000 .262
Mark DeRosa, 2B4000002 .231
J.P. Arencibia, C4000020 .211
Kevin Pillar, LF3000010 .000
2B - Edwin Encarnacion (25, Rodney)
HR - Edwin Encarnacion (31, Archer)
RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (92)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (52)
SB - Anthony Gose (1, 2nd base off Archer/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Lawrie-Encarnacion
Toronto Blue Jays
Todd Redmond 6611141 3.32
Brett Cecil 2000020 2.79
Sergio Santos 1100000 3.09
Brad Lincoln (L,1-2) 0.1111011 3.26
IBB - Longoria by Todd Redmond
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Redmond 91-57, Brett Cecil 20-14, Sergio Santos 16-12, Brad Lincoln 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Redmond 5-8, Brett Cecil 3-0, Sergio Santos 1-2
Batters Faced - Todd Redmond 24, Brett Cecil 5, Sergio Santos 4, Brad Lincoln 2
Tampa Bay Rays
Ben Zobrist, 2B4000020 .273
Matt Joyce, LF4010000 .245
Evan Longoria, 3B3121100 .271
Wil Myers, RF4010012 .311
James Loney, 1B3010001 .310
   Sean Rodriguez, PR-1B1000001 .255
Yunel Escobar, SS4020001 .263
Kelly Johnson, DH2000001 .249
   a-Jason Bourgeois, PH-DH2000011 .154
Jose Lobaton, C4111032 .255
Sam Fuld, CF3000001 .201
a-grounded out for Johnson in the 7th
2B - Matt Joyce (17, Redmond), Evan Longoria (31, Redmond), Yunel Escobar (19, Redmond)
HR - Evan Longoria (24, Redmond), Jose Lobaton (5, Lincoln)
RBI - Evan Longoria (65), Jose Lobaton (23)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (30)
CS - Sean Rodriguez (3, )
Team LOB - 5
Tampa Bay Rays
Chris Archer 7411051 2.95
Joel Peralta 1000020 3.10
Fernando Rodney 1100000 3.99
Jake McGee (W,3-3) 1000010 4.15
WP - Fernando Rodney (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Archer 106-70, Joel Peralta 11-8, Fernando Rodney 19-11, Jake McGee 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Archer 5-11, Joel Peralta 1-0, Jake McGee 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Archer 25, Joel Peralta 3, Fernando Rodney 4, Jake McGee 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23373
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Jerry Layne