Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Evan Longoria hit the go-ahead RBI single in the 10th to carry the Tampa Bay Rays to a tight 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in the rubbermatch of a three-game set Sunday at Rogers Centre.
Longoria’s game-winning hit came after Sergio Santos (0-3) walked Ben Zobrist and pinch hitter Logan Forsythe drove in a ground-rule double.
With the win, the Rays took two of three from the Jays, improving their record to 64-66.
Jake McGee (4-1) earned the victory after pitching two scoreless frames with two strikeouts while Brad Boxberger tossed a perfect 10th for his second save of the season.
Starter Chris Archer had a solid outing, giving up just one run on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts in seven innings.
Santos took the loss while starter Drew Hutchison lasted six frames, allowing a run on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts as the Jays dropped to 66-64.
Longoria gave the Rays a 1-0 lead in the first with an RBI groundout but Juan Francisco tied the count with a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Meanwhile, Rays manager Joe Maddon hopes that Saturday’s 5-4 loss which they put under protest will be upheld after having a brief conversation with executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre.
The two talked for five minutes prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays, and Maddon was pleased to hear that Torre feels the protest is valid.
Maddon now has to submit an email based on everything that happened from his perspective and he said Torre will look more diligently into that matter Monday and make a decision from there.
Although protests aren’t typically upheld — it has happened twice since 1986 — Maddon believes the rules in place give his team a chance to get the game replayed from the fourth inning, which is when the incident in question occurred.
“Any time you get with Joe, it’s always fair and you will be listened to,” Maddon said. “You can’t ask for anything more than that. I’m looking forward to seeing what he has to say.”