Bautista's temper burns Blue Jays as Longoria gets go-ahead hit, Rays win 2-1 in 10 innings
Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 08:45 pm
TORONTO - Jose Bautista's temper led to a costly ejection for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Evan Longoria singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Toronto 2-1 on Sunday.
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.
"Bottom line, we need him in the game," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Bautista. "We're trying to get into the playoffs."
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.
"What I know I said was nowhere near warranting getting an ejection," a frustrated Bautista said.
It was the fifth ejection of the season for Toronto but the first for a Blue Jays player.
Nolan Reimould took over for Bautista in right and was charged with a key error in the 10th, which began with Ben Zobrist drawing a walk off right-hander Sergio Santos (0-3).
Zobrist went to third when Reimould couldn't come up with Forsythe's flyball down the line. Reimould said the miscue happened because he 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's 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 good to come out on top of that one," Longoria 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 Reimould.
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.
The Blue Jays optioned RH Kyle Drabek to Triple-A Buffalo to clear a roster spot for Santos, who was selected from Buffalo following Saturday's game. Drabek was recalled from Triple-A on Aug. 16 and had no record in three appearances with the Blue Jays, striking out five batters in three innings.
PROTEST STATUS UPDATE
Rays manager Joe 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.
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.