Final Score: Tampa Bay 2, Toronto 1 (10 innings)
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Jose Lobaton's first career game-ending
home run sent Tampa Bay past Toronto, 2-1, in the rubber match of a three-game
Lobaton, who tripled in the winning run during Friday's series-opening 5-4
win, took a Brad Lincoln (1-2) offering over the wall in right with one
out in the bottom of the 10th to give the hosts the series victory.
"The triple was amazing, but running the bases knowing you've won the game is
unbelievable," Lobaton said. "You want to do it all the time. You want to feel
that feeling every day. Hopefully this isn't the last one."
Jake McGee (3-3) tossed a scoreless top of the 10th for the win.
Evan Longoria's first-inning home run was the only other offense for the Rays,
winners in four of their last five.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo homer for the Jays, who were coming off a series
win over Boston.
"You've got to win these games," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We've
had so many of these games over the year."
Longoria's first-inning solo shot put the Rays on the board.
Rays starter Chris Archer kept the Jays in check, allowing just one hit
through the first six innings, then retired the first two in the seventh
before Encarnacion cleared the wall in left for a 1-1 tie.
Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie followed with base hits, but Archer escaped further
trouble by inducing a groundout from Mark DeRosa.
In the ninth, Encarnacion's liner to left hit the very top of the wall near
the foul pole and bounced back into play for a double, and the Jays failed to
capitalize after he moved to third on a wild pitch.
Archer scattered four hits and one run with five strikeouts over seven
innings, while Toronto counterpart Todd Redmond worked six-plus frames and
allowed one run on six hits ... The Rays improved to 7-5 in games decided by
extra innings, while Toronto fell to 7-8.
08/19 00:52:06 ET
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