Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Jose Reyes drilled a walkoff RBI single in the 10th to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in a game that was placed under protest Saturday at Rogers Centre.
Colby Rasmus led off the 10th with a bunt single against Joel Peralta, who fanned the next two batters.
After Rasmus stole second, Reyes then hit Jeff Beliveau’s first pitch to left to give the Jays (66-63) the victory that was overshadowed by a protest by Rays manager Joe Maddon.
In the fourth inning, Maddon informed crew chief Bob Davidson that his team was playing the game under protest.
The decision came after Toronto challenged a pickoff attempt at first base. With one out in the fourth and Wil Myers on first, left-hander Mark Buehrle threw over to the bag, but a sliding Myers was ruled safe by first-base umpire Bill Welke.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons challenged the play, which was overturned after a two-minute, 56-second review.
However, Gibbons didn’t appear to challenge the play until Buehrle was already back on the mound and Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar was in the batter’s box, which is too late, according to official Major League Baseball replay review regulations, driving Maddon to protest the game.
According to Section II.D of the MLB replay review regulations: “A manager must exercise his challenge (by verbal communication to the appropriate Umpire), or the Crew Chief must initiate a Replay Review (if applicable pursuant to Section II.C above) before the commencement of the next play or pitch. Such challenge or request will be considered timely only if the Umpire acknowledges that communication within the time period specified above.
“For purposes of these Regulations, the next ‘play’ shall commence when the pitcher is on the rubber preparing to start his delivery and the batter has entered the batter’s box (unless the defensive team initiates an appeal play in which case any call made during the play prior to the appeal still may be subject to Replay Review).”
Dustin McGowan (5-3) earned the win after pitching a scoreless 10th while Peralta (2-4) took the loss as the Rays slipped to 63-66.
Reyes finished with two hits and two RBIs while Dioner Navarro smacked a two-run shot for the Jays.