In a game that had a little bit of everything, the main thing was a tough loss for the Rays. Jose Reyes' two-out single in the bottom of the 10th gave Toronto a 5-4 victory.
Colby Rasmus started the 10th with a bunt on a 2-2 pitch, a surprise but possibly his best option as Rasmus was 0-for-10 with seven strikeouts against Joel Peralta. After that Peralta got a couple of strikeouts but on the latter one Rasmus stole second base. With lefty Jake McGee available Joe Maddon instead called on Jeff Beliveau, and turning around to his right side Reyes stung a single into left field for the walkoff.
The game featured the Rays filing a protest, Jose Molina as the potential surprise hero, Brad Boxberger the potential surprise goat and a ninth-inning tying hit for Tampa Bay that still came with a negative.
Toronto prevented the Rays from collecting a third straight win and pulling back to within a game of the .500 mark.
Starting pitchers Jeremy Hellickson and Mark Buehrle cruised for the most part. Tampa Bay scratched for a run in the third, getting three hits all after Molina grounded into a double play. Ben Zobrist's unexpected bunt scored Sean Rodriguez.
But Toronto broke a 22-innings scoreless streak in the bottom half. A wild pitch advanced Danny Valencia to second, and then Jose Reyes lined an RBI double that Brandon Guyer appeared ready to catch in left field, but Guyer stumbled and had the ball glance off his glove. Melky Cabrera followed with an RBI double for a 2-1 lead.
Then came the protest, as Wil Myers hustled for an infield single. He was called safe on a Buehrle pickoff attempt but the Jays called for a review -- after Buehrle had gone back to the pitching rubber, and with the next hitter in the batter's box. By those two standards, which constitute the next "play" being under way, review is not supposed to be allowed. Myers was ruled out.
That appeared to be the end of Tampa Bay's chances as Buehrle cruised, but in the seventh Logan Forsthye walked, and after a fielder's choice and a four-pitch walk to Yunel Escobar up came Molina. With only nine RBI, and the ever-present chance for a double play, Maddon kept Molina up -- and he ripped an RBI single up the middle.
Rodriguez then made it 3-2 with another solid hit.
But Toronto took the lead right back on a two-run homer by ex-Ray Dioner Navarro. It came off of Brad Boxberger, who hadn't allowed an extra-base hit since May, and whom lefties were 1-for-59 against.
It stayed 4-3 Toronto until the ninth, when Myers worked a leadoff walk, and Kevin Kiermaier singled as a pinch-hitter. With one out, James Loney ripped a double off closer Casey Janssen to tie the score. But Kiermaier was held up just as he was about to hit third base, and was unable to get back to third before he was tagged out.
Instead of having runners on second and third with one out, in a tie game, there were two outs with just one man on. Desmond Jennings grounded out.
Hellickson struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings, giving up three hits.
Peralta pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth but took the loss eventually. Zobrist and Rodriguez each had two of the Rays' 11 hits.