TORONTO (AP) — Jose Reyes singled home the winning run in the 10th inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 5-4 on Saturday in a game the Rays played under protest.
Toronto took a 4-3 lead in the seventh when Dioner Navarro hit a two-run homer off Brad Boxberger, but closer Casey Janssen couldn’t hold on. Pinch-hitter James Loney singled home the tying run with one out in the ninth, handing Janssen his fourth blown save.
Colby Rasmus reached on a bunt single to begin the 10th against Joel Peralta (2-4) and stole second as Munenori Kawasaki struck out for the second out.
Jeff Beliveau came on to face Reyes, who grounded a single between second and third. Rasmus slid home safely, knocking over catcher Curt Casali as the ball rolled away.
Dustin McGowan (5-3) worked one inning for the win, and the Blue Jays improved to 6-13 in August.
Rays manager Joe Maddon protested the game in the fourth after umpires granted Toronto a replay challenge once the next play had begun.
Tampa Bay designated hitter Wil Myers reached on a one-out single and was called safe by first base umpire Bill Welke on Mark Buehrle’s pickoff throw.
After Yunel Escobar stepped back into the batter’s box and Buehrle returned to the rubber, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons came out and asked to challenge Welke’s call.
Maddon came out to speak with crew chief and third base umpire Bob Davidson about the timing. After Myers was called out following video review, Maddon spoke to Davidson again and indicated he was playing the game under protest. A Rays spokesman later confirmed the reason for the protest.
Baseball’s replay rules state that any challenge must be made before the next play or pitch, which is said to begin “when the pitcher is on the rubber preparing to start his delivery and the batter has entered the batter’s box.” The rules also say, however, that the crew chief has “the final authority to determine whether a Manager’s Challenge is timely.”
Rays: C Ryan Hanigan (left oblique) went 2 for 3 in a seven-inning stint with Class A Charlotte on Friday, the first game of his rehab assignment. OF David DeJesus (broken left hand) went 1 for 2 in five innings. DeJesus and Hanigan were both set to play for Charlotte again Saturday night, with Hanigan starting at DH.
Blue Jays: Gibbons said RHP Brandon Morrow (right index finger) was scheduled to throw batting practice at Toronto’s spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida. Morrow is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays in September.
Rays RHP Chris Archer (8-6) faces RHP Drew Hutchison (8-11) in Sunday’s series finale. Archer is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in six career starts against the Blue Jays, and 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA in three starts at Rogers Centre. Hutchison has a 7.78 ERA in four career starts against the Rays.